Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Helping A Wee Critter

This past Sunday was like any other day in July: hot and sunny and very dry. With the exception of this visitor:


Yes, it's a bat. It fell onto our driveway in the middle of the day when the heat was high and the sun was beating down on everything. My husband was out front when this happened and he called for me to come out and take a look.

The poor thing looked exhausted and somewhat dazed. The most amazing man in the world (who is also one of the kindest) filled a container of water and poured it down the driveway, in case this wee one was dehydrated. Well, sure enough, he crawled over immediately to the water and started gulping some down.


And when he had his fill, he crawled up against our car's tire to take a nap.


Well, we couldn't just leave this poor critter on pavement that would be burning hot when the sun reached it. And certainly not out in the open where the neighbourhood cats and dogs and people would find it.

So, we scooped him up, moved him into a shady area in our garden among the plants and placed a couple of shallow bowls of water nearby.


He spent the day resting and rehydrating and sometime during the night he went on his way!

Here's a short video I took before we moved him to the bat cave.



It was a very interesting and unique experience!
I'm glad we were able to help this wee critter.

57 comments:

  1. That was very kind of you. Bats are extremely beneficial with their mosquito eating. I wonder where his home actually is. -Jenn

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    1. You are very right, Jenn. Bats play a vital role in the ecosystem. Some plants depend on bats to pollinate their flowers and bats help control pests by eating huge amounts of insects. Unfortunately, Hollywood has vilified them in horror movies and such. It's too bad people get their information from there instead of taking the time to educate themselves on these important creatures.

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  2. This was so sweet to read! Glad you were able to help him. I wouldn't have thought of water first, but of course now it makes sense since water is so vital for anyone's survival. Glad he was able to recuperate and be on his merry way.

    betty

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    1. We thought that water might help. This poor thing landed on our driveway in mid day sun on a very hot day. We all dehydrate on days like that!

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  3. Aww cute little thing. I'm glad you helped it.

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    1. There was no doubt we would help! I couldn't imagine leaving this poor thing where it was.

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  4. How cool is that!
    You guys are the best...helping the wee Bat...♥️
    By the way...are you still moving???
    Have a great week...another scorcher coming up!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. We are no longer listed with an agent but we are still selling. We were very unhappy with the agent and the brokerage firm he's with and should've gotten rid of both a long time ago. It cost us time and perhaps a sale, but live and learn. Not we've listed privately and we'll see where we go after that. It's extremely slow in the summer so we're not expecting much. We did get an offer for our home last month but it was ridiculously low. And they wanted a whole bunch of stuff for us to throw in. So...we obviously turned it down!

      Enjoy the week, too, Linda! I hope we get some rain soon. Gardens, lawns...everything looks like it's suffering.

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  5. aww it's great you were able to help.

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  6. Bats are really our friends. They almost eat their weight in mosquitoes every day. Good you saved this little guy. Now if I could just get the bats out of my garage.

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    1. They are very much our friends; very important in our world!

      Bat in your garage? OHMYGOD!!

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  7. Bats are super beneficial but in the middle of a hot day it could be rabid. Rabid animals are uber thirsty and will definitely drink as much as they can get. I'm glad you were able to help but I hope you didn't get bit or scratched while being kind.

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    1. For sure, Toni. Even though the vast majority of bats are not infected, we were extremely careful about how we handled this one. We just wanted to get him to a cool and shady place, offer him some water and give him a chance to recover and move on. He couldn't fly and our guess was that he was suffering from heat exhaustion and dehydration.

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    2. You have a kind and loving heart.

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  8. That was very nice of you and your husband to help that poor bat.

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    1. I couldn't imagine not doing that, Linda! It didn't take much effort, really.

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  9. Wow- I am glad he survived. I wonder what caused him to just land in the middle of the driveway like that?

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    1. We have no idea but our guess is that its home was disturbed by something or someone. There is so much activity this time of year. In any case, when it landed on our driveway, it looked more tired than anything else. Thanks for stopping by Terri!

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  10. O-M-G you are so incredibly kind. After I recovered from my heart attack, I can't say I would have done the same.

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    1. Bats don't bother me. I think more people than animals do...LOL...

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  11. Poor little thing!! It always breaks my heart to see an animal in distress. Good for you to take pity and help it out. It is odd that it was out on the driveway like that. I hope it recovered and is back where he/she is supposed to be.

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    1. I feel the same, Cheryl. If I can help, I do. This wasn't the first time and it certainly won't be the last. I've gone so far as moving caterpillars off busy pavements so they don't get squished. Extreme for some, I know, but I can't help myself!

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  12. I know he appreciated your kindness. Bats are cool creatures!

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    1. I'm so glad you feel that way. I think they are very cool, too!

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  13. Ok bats , yuk! But he is a cute one. I would have done something to help him too. I like the little bat cave. Lol.

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    1. He was very cute. I'm not bothered by them. I find them adorable. Plus, as a gardener, I know how valuable they are to the ecosystem!

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  14. SO COOL! I have loved bats for years and think they are so cute-I'm so jealous you got to help one out!

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    1. They are pretty cool, aren't they? Too bad they've been portrayed so badly. Such misunderstood little creatures!

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  15. That creeped me out. You and hubs are very gracious. This was really rare footage. I've never seen anything like it. Thank you (even though it creeped me out) - it is very cool.

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    1. Bats do that to some people but they've never bothered me. They are such important creatures and horribly (and sadly) very misunderstood.

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  16. I like bats and know how important they are. I am glad you took care of this little guy (girl?)!

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    1. I like them, too, Birdie. With so much information available these days, and people becoming more educated about them, perhaps we can change the image of these little creatures. They are indeed very important!

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  17. Whoever the Bat Goddess is, I know she'll reward you!

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    1. I love that there would be a Bat Goddess! That is really cool.

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  18. Thank you for your kindness.

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  19. How kind of you. I would scream at the sight of a bat, but it's more difficult to scream when one feels sorry for a small creature. A large toad seems to live on my deck, at least part time (I only see him at night when it's a bit cooler). The dogs noticed him once. They leave him in peace. A lizard was living in my living room, but I haven't seen him lately. I suspect he crawled under the piano to die.

    Love,
    Janie

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  20. There are big bats in Australia called flying foxes, they eat fruit and aren't scary at all, faces just like foxes (hence the name), I think fruit farmers consider them a bit of a pest! I don't know why people are scared of bats except their homes traditionally smell very bad which probably puts people off. It was very nice of you to look after this one.

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    1. I think bats have been portrayed badly in movies and books, etc. They are very misunderstood. I wish people could learn about their importance! Those flying foxes sound cute!

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  21. I think a lot of us forget that animals often fall to the elements. I'm glad you took the time and effort to help.

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  22. Ugh, bats! I've seen way too many bat movies including one I saw many a decade ago about half bat creatures kidnapping women to mate with. They knocked them out, got them pregnant, then when the baby was due kidnapped them again to get the baby, including one that kidnapped a woman straight out of the hospital and then the cops followed and found the cave. Weird shit.

    Why was he out during the day is my question, when they generally hibernate.

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    1. Our guess was that his home was disturbed somehow. The heat and sun certainly didn't do him any good. He drank a lot of water and then relaxed.

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  23. Awwww, you saved Batman!
    Come to think of it, i am a bit squeamish of them.

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    1. HAHAHA... Batman! Now why didn't I think of that?

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  24. Did I hear you say munchkin? How cute is he. I liked when he kicked his little leg up after the spider tickled him.

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    1. You did. I absolutely said munchkin. Because this was a real cutie. We laughed about the spider, too, and thought he might eat it!

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    2. I thought he was gonna eat it, too.

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  25. Good for you Martha! Bats are so important for the environment. I think you did just the right thing. We always put out pans of water in front and back of our house for all the wildlife when the weather is really hot or we are having a dry spell. I'm sure you saved this little bats life! Fabulous!

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    1. Indeed they are very important for the environment. I wish more people understood that.

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  26. I just saw this now Martha .. we had a similar thing happen years ago with a wee one on our deck .. we had no idea where on earth he/she? came from but since it seemed to be alright .. just a little stunned .. we left it alone(it was closer to dusk and not particularly hot or dry like it is now ... leaving it alone left it quiet and with time to recover from what ever happened and it was on it's way not long after.
    You guys did great with the water and giving it a space to recover .. I bet Munchkin will eat extra bugs for you ? LOL ...
    Hopefully more people get it about them being so important to our ecosystem ... not only eating bugs but pollinating too !

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    1. I remember that incident. You wrote about it on your blog! We would have left it alone, as well, if it hadn't been in a horrible location and if it hadn't been so terribly hot (well, you know what it's been like around here!) So we moved it carefully to the back yard in a shady place with some shelter and plenty of water. It really made a difference. For the little bat and for my sanity! LOL... I was so worried about it.

      It's too bad these important creatures have been given such a bad name when they are so important!

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