These little flying foxes are new arrivals to the Australian Bat Clinic after an extreme heat event separated them from their mothers. When a bat mother dies, often their young are still attached and will not survive without the right care. Licensed bat carers play a vital role in not only retrieving suffering bats, but rehabilitating them until they can be released back into the wild. When baby bats first enter rehabilitation, it can be traumatic as they've just been separated from mothers with whom they've formed strong bonds. Bat carers have to ensure that the baby bats are not only well fed, but that they're nurtured and feel safe in their temporary new home. Providing affection to the bats is a necessity (and, we're guessing, a pleasure as well!). The teats represent their mother's nipple, which makes them feel more comfortable--as do the security of the blankets they're snugly wrapped in. The bats will remain at the Bat Clinic until they're old enough to be released--just long enough for us to enjoy adorable videos like this one!
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