Bat with injured wing found in King's Lynn now in care of RSPCA
An injured bat found in Lynn which was unable to fly is now being cared for by the RSPCA in East Winch.
The tiny mammal was found by a passer-by on Saturday April 4 on Old Vicarage Park.
Officials say the passer-by "undoubtedly saved the bat's life" having found it and called for help.
The bat seemed unable to fly, so they called the RSPCA’s emergency line, where they were advised to keep the bat safe and secure until dusk, allowing it time to rest, before seeing if it was able to be released and fly away once dark.
Unfortunately, the bat was still unable to fly, and so inspector Jason Finch was called to help.
Jason said: “The caller did the right thing in keeping the bat safe until dusk, and seeing if he was able to fly.
"Wild animals benefit from having as little contact with us humans as possible, and if he was able to fly off that would have been the best for him.
"However, he was clearly in need of help when he still wasn’t able to fly that evening, so I collected him in a box from outside the caller’s home, and took him to RSPCA East Winch wildlife centre.
“After being examined, it seems he has a tear to the very fine skin on one of his wings, but with some rest and care, he is otherwise bright and alert, and should make a good recovery and be able to be released in time.
"He was lucky to have been found by the person who called us for help, they undoubtedly saved his life.”
RSPCA officials said generally, British bats will enter hibernation around early October – emerging anytime from March to late April and into May.
Timings are dependent on the species, weather, location and food supply and so will differ year on year.
Bats do sometimes wake up during the hibernation season, especially when the temperature is warmer, and adult bats can be mistaken for babies as sometimes people don't realise how small they can be.
If you suspect that you've found a baby bat, call the Bat Conservation Trust on 0345 130 0228, who can put you in touch with your local bat carer.
Treat baby bats very carefully – if you have to pick it up, handle with gloves, or use a soft towel.
Remember where you found the bat as it may be possible to return to its mother.
More information about bats is available on the RSPCA’s website.
During this difficult time, the RSPCA says its priority is to help animals in need.
They are already experiencing strain on their centres and frontline due to Covid-19 and they expect this to worsen in the weeks ahead.
To help the RSPCA though this challenging time, visit www.rspca.org.uk/give or call their donation line on 0300 123 8181.
Officials added: "We know this is a difficult time for animal lovers. Please visit our website for advice, information and support."