Here is the little darling, Cabbage, when I tried to release him outside. He hooked into the deck rug, cold and shaking not able to fly. Brown bats usually wake when temperatures rise about 55F . . . it was 64F, and yet he felt it was still too cold in his mind. With gloves and a towel, I gently placed him back into the shoebox, and he happily went to sleep. This was when we decided to call Bat World and ask for advice, it was obvious that he still wanted to wait for spring. He sure did add an interesting dynamic to the rug pattern. Bat wings look like they have a spiderweb across them . . . I had always thought their wings were smooth skin, his actually had a delicate texture. Very fascinating . . .
Snug like a . . . Cabbage in a box! That sweet little fuzzy face, he rests inside the safe warmth and comforting darkness of my shoebox. By this time, he had fully resolved that I was not going to eat him, and he no longer cried when approached. I’d peek in the box, and if he was awake he’d peer up at me unmoving. His look was like, “Yeah, I’m still here, I am in a box you know.” Shortly after I shot his photo, we took him to rescue home. I can visit him anytime, and shall call to check on him often. In two months we shall bring him back to this house and to be released. I think a Cabbage Release party shall be in order!
Isn’t he precious? This is the Brown Bat I helped rescue. I named him Cabbage because that is exactly what he smelled like. It is not uncommon for young bats to find their way into your home to hibernate; the younger ones often have trouble staying asleep and wake up too early. This is bad because they can starve since none of their food is available till full-blown spring. The thing is you can feed them meal worms, but not until they’re hydrated. If you feed a bat before it’s hydrated it will die.
The most common bat in the U.S.A., Brown Bats are now protected and in danger… Rescuing them safely is crucial. They are so sweet, and extremely important to our ecosystem. To fear them or to see them as a harmful threat or a pest is truly due to illiteracy. To know them is to love them. We found a nice bat rescue center nearby. A darling Lady runs it out of her own home. We left Cabbage in her advanced care, and now he has a bunch of bat buddies to wait out the winter with. Happy ending!
Tips: If you find a bat, do not touch it because you can make it sick. Plus, they can bite . . . only .05% carry rabies, but if bitten you’re required to receive a painful shot; even worse, they will kill the bat for biting you. So please, touching it with your bare hands is not worth the risk. If you find one call or email these fine people, they are lovely and will help you place the bat in a loving rescue: 940-325-3404 firstname.lastname@example.org