Australian Bat Clinic and Wildlife Trauma Centre, located in Queensland, Australia aims to care for injured and orphaned bats. As you might imagine, the videos and photos they share of the bats in their care are adorable. The above video is just one example. Here we see a Black Flying Fox trying to eat some juicy watermelon on a very hot Australian day. It seems like he is enjoying the tasty treat!
This video is precious, but it comes with a very important message, bat populations are sadly in decline. Many bat species are in danger of extinction due to habitat loss, culls, and fatal white-nose syndrome. White-nose syndrome is a form of fungus that grows on bats when they are hibernating. So far, six million bats have died from this disease. While many people fear bats, most species pose little or no threat to humans and are actually quite beneficial to us. For instance, one brown bat – about the size of a human thumb – can consume about 600 mosquitoes and other unwanted insects an hour. Amazing!
Instead of fearing bats, we should work to protect them. Luckily, there are a few ways in which we can contribute to improving conditions for bat species worldwide. Within your own home is possible to provide space for these creatures. Adding a bat box to your home garden is a great way to attract them. Not only does building one provide a safe place for local bats to live, but it also benefits you by helping with pest control. Win-win!
You can also help bats by simply sharing this post with your friends and family to raise awareness about the importance of bats!