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Flying injuries in bats - no reason to euthanize a bat!

Wing injuries are easy to cure - in the following we introduce you to some of our patients who have successfully recovered. 

Flying membranes must not be sewn!

Therapy:

das Foto zeigt eine Fledermaus mit Flügelverletzung // the photo shows a bat with an injured wing Fledermaus mit verletztem Flügel // bat with an injured wing  (Dr. Renate Keil / www.bund-fledermauszentrum-hannover.de)

The bat needs every evening training like climbing, walking and spreading the wing. So it's important to have a person caring for the bat as long as possible in the night so that the blood circulation in the wing is good. You need to have a good feeling for the animal so it must be a therapy by training but it musn't be stress for the bat. It is very important that the bat always feels comfortable. during the winter this patient will spend the time in a room with normal warm temperature about 20 degrees celcius. Hibernation is not allowed because injuries cannot heal during hibernation. By the way hibernation in a warm place would kill the bat because of dehydration.

Flying injury in bats:

Fledermaus mit verletztem Flügel // bat with an injured wing  (Dr. Renate Keil / www.bund-fledermauszentrum-hannover.de)

Here you see a bat with destroyed wing skins. The first picture was taken on the day of arrival

Fledermaus mit verletztem Flügel // bat with an injured wing  (Dr. Renate Keil / www.bund-fledermauszentrum-hannover.de)

The second photo was taken after months of treatment. Of course, we continue the therapy until the bat can fly again. The chances of complete healing and re-healing are high.

In this case, we use a special bio-laser therapy, but for this the person must be well trained and safe to handle the bio-laser. 

Wing injury in a bat

Fledermaus mit verletztem Flügel // bat with an injured wing  (Dr. Renate Keil / www.bund-fledermauszentrum-hannover.de)

Although a part of the wing, the exposed metacarpophalangeal bone and finger bone, can not be rescued, there is still the possibility that the skin heals so that the animal can later fly again. 

Healing wing injury

Fledermaus mit verletztem Flügel // bat with an injured wing  (Dr. Renate Keil / www.bund-fledermauszentrum-hannover.de)

Book: The Rehabilitation and Captive Care of Insectivorous Bats by Amanda Lollar

Das Foto zeigt das Buch The Rehabilitation and Captive Care of Insectivorous Bats by Amanda Lollar The Rehabilitation and Captive Care of Insectivorous Bats by Amanda Lollar  (Foto vom Buch: Gudrun Becker / https://batworld.org/)

We recommend the book "The Rehabilitation and Captive Care of Insectivorous Bats" by Amanda Lollar. Here you can order the book.  

Contact

Die Zeichnung zeigt BUNDchen Fledermaus am Telefon // The drawing shows BUNDchen bat at the phone BUNDchen Fledermaus am Telefon // BUNDchen Fledermaus at the phone  (Carina Bach / www.bund-fledermauszentrum-hannover.de)

For medical treatment information about bats please contact Bat World Sanctuary.

„The future should not be foreseen but made possible.“ (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)  

Das Foto zeigt eine Kleinabendseglerin mit dem Text Ich bin ein Wesen der Nacht. Hast du je an mich gedacht? Ich bin klein und unscheinbar, und bin doch so wunderbar. Kleinabendsegler Nyctalus leisleri  (Gudrun Becker / www-bund-fledermauszentrum-hannover.de)
Das Foto zeigt das Logo AG Fledermäuse BUND Region Hannover ein grüner Kreis im schwarzen Ring. der grüne Kreis ist die Erde und der Ring der Schutz des BUND für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland Logo AG Fledermäuse BUND Region Hannover  (Carina Bach / www.bund-fledermauszentrum-hannover.de)
Das Foto zeigt einen Großer Abendsegler Nyctalus noctula im Porträt // The photo shows a nyctalus noctula in profile Großer Abendsegler Nyctalus noctula  (Gudrun Becker / www-bund-fledermauszentrum-hannover.de)

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