FOUND A BAT? NOW WHAT??
Bats are amazing animals. Of course coming across them in your home, business, yard, etc. can be a bit surprising. So, we wanted to pass along a few pointers if you find one.
- NO TOUCH!!! Just like any wild animal, never touch a bat.
- If it’s in your home, close it in one room and open a window. It should be able to find its way out.
- If you feel that you REALLY need to contain the bat (which you shouldn’t to be on the safe side), use thick gardening/welding gloves, place a box over the bat, and slide a thin piece of sturdy material underneath. Secure in place, ensuring proper air flow.
- LUBEE DOES NOT TAKE IN BATS!!! We know your intentions are sincere, but we are not a rescue/rehab facility (although we do many other Awesome Batty things). If you live in the north central FL area, please call FL Wildlife Care 352-371-4400 or West End Animal Hospital 352-472-7626.
- Outside of north central FL, contact your local or county wildlife care facility. Find them through google searches.
- If you find a bat in the fall, it’s not a pup, the bat is a full grown adult. Pups in the U.S. are typically born in the spring and are on their own after a few months. U.S. bats are small compared to the giants at Lubee, and most species have a body length less than 2-3” and wingspan <12”.
- Bats get cold. If your temps have been consistently below 55 and you find a bat, there’s a good chance the bat went into torpor, or is simply a bit cold. If temps warm up it should be fine.
- Once again, never touch a bat. If you did, and it bit you (which any wild animal will do in self defense) seek medical attention immediately. The bat will also need tested for rabies which entails removing the head and obtaining a brain sample.