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With this Halloween season afoot, the bat has become ubiquitous. Images of bats are hung in windows and the story of Dracula is pulled out and told to spook little kids (and some adults!). But, despite all of the attention to given to bats this time of year, the real bats of the world are still largely overlooked.

Most people think bats are terrifying creatures or even regard them as pests, but what they don’t know is that bats are incredibly important to our ecosystem. Bats are pollinators and help our food to grow. They also manage populations of insects, like mosquitos.

The Bat World Sanctuary is an organization that not only recognizes the importance of bats, but has made it their mission to protect this incredible species. This video features one of the sanctuary’s newest rescues, Lil’ Drac. Watching this little bat being fed and learning to hang upside down and rock himself is wildly adorable. And to think, some people would think this little guy is scary!

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32 comments on “Meet Lil’ Drac, the Orphaned Bat Being Hand-Raised by Bat World Sanctuary (VIDEO)”

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Simon Milne
3 Years Ago

Awww cute


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Felix Diaz
3 Years Ago

Very tender video!


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Kristen Hanley
3 Years Ago

So precious !


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Marianna Riker
3 Years Ago

Beautiful creature.


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Stephanie Smith
3 Years Ago

These bats are rodents and carry diseases like ebola and hendra virus its an absolute joke that these pests are protected.


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Monique Le Roux
01 Nov 2014

Why? We protect and care for humans that carry diseases...destroy the earth....decimate other life...the biggest and most destructive pests of all.

Stephanie Smith
01 Nov 2014

R u for real? ?

Marianna Riker
01 Nov 2014

All creatures have a place in our ecosystem. We should be good stewards of the earth, not destroyers. Stephanie, I think you better go back and read some basic science books.

Stephanie Smith
01 Nov 2014

I don't have to go back and read science books I see the damage these rodents have caused in west africa

Stephanie Smith
01 Nov 2014

You worry about one orphaned rodent compared to hundreds of orphaned children left without family because of the diseases that one rodent can carry seriously you need to get your priorities right

Stephanie Smith
01 Nov 2014

Or better yet move to west africa and help out with real people who need real care instead of living in lala land with baby rodents

Ann Reinecke
01 Nov 2014

Stephanie. You are placing value scale on life. Think of the earth as an organism. All parts are equally important. The earth would be just fine without humans. And sadly as a race we are so ignorant of this fact that it may happen. We do not live in harmony with nature. And ... It's gonna bite us on the ass!!!

Marianna Riker
01 Nov 2014

And I take it that YOU have moved to West Africa, Stephanie, to serve the cause of suffering humanity ??? The U.S. IS lala land, as you put it, compared to many other parts of the world, so unless you are willing to put your money where your mouth is you'd best be quiet on that subject because you are living in lala land too. This is meant to be an interesting and educational piece of filming, that's all. Oh, and btw, if you actually READ the article, you would see that this is a Fruit Bat.....they eat fruit...they do not bite humans. Also, educate yourself about how the Ebola virus is transmitted because you are badly misinformed.

Stephanie Smith
01 Nov 2014

I think you need to educate yourself about fruit bats sweetie firstly fruit bats carry more than 100 viruses. It is common knowledge that these rodents carry the ebola virus and is the first to transmit the virus from a primate to human also I stand to correct you on fruit bats not biting humans oh yes they do as well as scratch their droppings are highly contaminated also. So there you go I do have my facts right. They are disease ridden rodents and you and anyone else handling them had best take care not to be bitten or scratched because you never know what you can catch.

Stephanie Smith
01 Nov 2014

Oh and by the way they eat fruit we know that because they are a fruit bat they contaminate the fruit they eat as well with their saliva

Carolyn Elaine Wallace
3 Years Ago

ABSOLUTELY PRECIOUS .. I LOVE HOW HE ROCKS AFTER EATING TO COMFORT HIMSELF ... :)


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Dee Chu
3 Years Ago

Vampire or fruit bat?


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Amba Pillai Waters
3 Years Ago

Gorgeous


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Tabo
3 Years Ago

So precious ;) xoxo


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Tracy Jablonski
3 Years Ago

Chris Fyock


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Chris Fyock
01 Nov 2014

Thanks Tracy Jablonski!! Loved it. I wish I could have a pet bat...however its so unrealistic



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