Friday, February 3, 2023

Holy cold snap, Batman! NGO rescues frozen bats in Texas

Rescued Bats
More than 1,500 bats were treated. , Photo: HHS.

animal protection organization Houston Humane Society (HHS) At least 700 bats were rescued and released after frost and unusual temperatures hit Texas last week. due to which a “hypothermic shock” In the colony of these mammals.

According to rescuers, low temperatures across a large part of the United States caused a “Hypothermic Shock” to Bats From which, unable to stay attached to the structure of the building, the bats fell from five to ten meters high.

These are bats of the Mexican free-tailed species (Tadrida brasiliensis)Considered one of the most abundant mammals in North America and a key to pest control.

These mammals, which weigh an average of 13 grams and are 10 to 12 centimeters long, “are smaller, have less body fat, and survive longer when lying on the ground in low temperatures,” the HHS said in a statement. Can’t stay.” ,

volunteers helped to lift them and More than 1,500 bats were cared for by the organization over the weekend, In their refuge and in the penthouse of their wildlife director, Mary Warwick.

most needed right now heat and hydrationBut most affected were kept in incubators and fed intravenously.

“Amazingly, most of the bats have survived,” HHS noted.

With mild temperatures returning this week, around 22ºC on Wednesday, Over night the organization released “about 700” of the bats, After six days of heat therapy and intensive care for some.

Bats were released under a bridge in downtown Houston by the Houston Animal Protection Organization, who assured they would soon do the same with others.

bat watching It is a popular pastime in Texas and many bridges have large colonies.

The Waugh Bridge in Houston, the Congress Bridge in Austin and the Camden Street Bridge in San Antonio attract visitors after dark, when Bat They go out en masse for their nocturnal raids.

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