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Holy broken wing, Batman!
22nd October 2020

By Karen Pickwick



A feisty bat wasn’t too happy to be rescued after he was found grounded in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

A specialist Bat Conservation Trust volunteer carer and RSPCA animal welfare officer Liz Braidley went to collect the young pipistrelle bat as he was struggling to fly.

“He has a small tear in one of his wings so he’ll remain with his rehabilitator while it heals and then he’ll be released back into the wild,” said Liz.

There are 18 different types of bats in the UK, with the common pipistrelle the most often-encountered species, typically measuring between 35mm-45mm with wing spans of up to 235mm.

They feed on a range of small flies as well as aquatic midges and mosquitoes and can eat 3,000 tiny insects in one night!