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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!

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0 comments on “We Literally Can’t Stop Watching This Video of a Rescued Baby Bat Devouring Watermelon”

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1 Years Ago

Bats, like bees, are necessary but do they not have the right to be safe and healthy simply because it is right? They deserve to not be harmed or killed. Many years ago my cat brought a bat in the house.S/he was not hurt thankfully and let him/her go. The bat flew upstairs into my room so I opened the window,shut the door, and slept somewhere else. The next morning s/he was gone. I don\'t know how she got a bat but I was not pleased. Yes, they deserve safety from cats as well and I have no idea how she caught that bat.I was jet grateful s/he was OK.

Jeff Biss
1 Years Ago

People really need to be more careful to not harm them in the first place. We can make choices to not harm or to act differently to reduce the chance of harm, but generally choose not to, because we don\'t care. We consider ourselves moral and therefore have obligations to others.

1 Years Ago

What an adorable little guy <3
Bats are so important to ANY ecosystem - I wish more people would learn how vital they are for us all.
And PS - they do not get tangled in your hair :p

1 Years Ago

Yummy! The world is juicy & good!


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