People often ask what do bats wings feel like? Well, if you touch your eye lid, it's like that or similar to a deflated balloon. Additionally referring to the bat's arms as wings is actually incorrect, they are not wings, they are arms, just like ours except they have a thin membrane of skin which spans across and between the bones, which thus enables the bats to gain lift and fly. Notice how the bone structure is pretty much identical to ours, his long claw sticking out the top would be our thumb, and the rest of the thin bones coming out from the wrist joint below the thumb would be our fingers. This video is an orphan we had in care last season who has since been released.
Posted by Bats QLD on Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Bats QLD is a real discovery I’ve had this week.
Their instagram and facebook pages are just the place to spend a few minutes of your day, and absorb a good chunk of positive wild aura that shines from these little flying wolves. I’m talking about bats of course.
We don’t really get to see them much on our social feeds, right? We’re over saturated with the vanilla selection of “cute” animal videos, and I can assume the average person won’t search much for “cool bat videos” to share. Bats, unfortunately, wouldn’t be spontaneously associated with fun, cute and heraldic wild animals.
It’s an unfortunate misconception, and we can easily guess what fuels it, but here’s where the folks at Bats QLD come in – with a solid aim to contrast the negativity and misunderstanding around bats by spreading information through wondrous videos and photos on their social profiles.
As many of the raddest people on earth, these fellas hail from Australia. Bats QLS is a small non-profit run by a group of volunteers, dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of bats and micro-bats across the state of Queensland (hence QLD).
Bats are, as I’ve learned from their site, an important ally to the bees. They are taking care of the job of spreading seeds and pollen over long distances, reaching much further than a bee could fly. Bats are the agents of large forests creation. They’ve been doing this for the last 50 million years.
Since they are mammals who eat fruits, they are especially critical for the replanting of trees and fruit plants.
Yes, that results in poop over cars and outer walls, which makes many otherwise animal-loving city residents not very fond of them.
Instead of considering it an annoyance, we can see it as just the way habitats work. Living near green areas means you’ll probably have bat neighbours. Just like deers, hares, foxes.
That’s also the reason why they need rescue sometimes – as the constant friction with our presence around them produces incidents such as injuries and baby bats who lost their mothers and cannot survive on their own (from the stories I picked on the QLD page, I get the idea this is quite common).
Like Vlad Junior:
Vlad Junior. This May is our "Get new Followers" month. Please share, tag, give us a shoutout and inform friends. After our account got hacked, we had to start a new one. We need followers, because as volunteer Organisation we rely solely on donations we generate with social media. Thank you. #follow #followers #help #rescue #bat #bats #batsqld #animalofig #instagram #qld #wildlife #australia
The cool people at QLD rely on donations to continue their work. It’s a small setup, led by true passion and the right dose of leftfield approach to animal care.
If you like what they are doing – you can help them by sharing some of their photos or videos. You might be surprised to see the how overwhelmingly positive can be the reaction of your friends.