Bats often get a bad rep for being terrifying, blood-thirsty creatures. Called everything from “Creatures of the Night” to “Dracula” and a whole myriad of scary names, these small animals are perceived as a threat to humans when in reality they are actually incredibly beneficial to us.
Like bees and butterflies, bats are important pollinators who help make many of the foods we eat possible; bats also naturally control populations of mosquitos and gnats. But sadly, bat populations are dropping across the world due to habitat loss and White-Nose Syndrome, a disease that attacks bat’s immune systems.
Trish Wimberley, the incredible woman in this video, however, is working to conserve the bat population in Australia through her work at the Australian Bat Clinic. Wimberley looks after orphaned fruit bats who have been rescued by the clinic. These baby bats require round the clock care and frequent feedings, but Wimberley is more than happy to lend her time to help these important animals. Plus, these bats are possibly the most precious things we’ve ever seen!
When they grow big and strong enough, these bats will be released back into the wild to enjoy their freedom. Good luck, little bats!