What To Do When You
Find a Bat
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NEVER touch a bat with bare hands and keep all pets and people away from the bat. If you are concerned about rabies exposure, get the advice of a medical professional.
CONTAIN the bat. Using thick gloves and/or a thick towel, gently scoop up the bat and put it into a cardboard box with a lid. Add some tshirt type material (not towels or cloth with loops if possible). Secure the box with a rubber band or with tape but make sure the sticky side won't come into contact with the bat. Bats can squeeze through very small spaces so make sure that it is well secured. Poke holes in the box and put it in a warm, quiet place away from people and animals.
Putting bats into glass or plastic containers can cause stress or harm but if you have no other alternative, be sure that the bat has at least some fabric or even paper napkins or paper towels in the container.
TAKE A PICTURE and text it along with your address and the situation that you found the bat in. Get as clear and close of a picture as you can. We have to have this in order to help with your situation.
BABY BATS are born between May and July and are helpless without their mothers to care for them. A baby bat on its own is always in trouble so contain it as soon as possible and put it in a warm, quiet dark place and contact us immediately. Don't provide water, it can harm or even kill the baby if it is already dehydrated. Babies are fragile and need to be kept warm. Put them in a box with a soft cloth like a tshirt and put a heating pad under half of the box. Make sure that the heating pad is on low and that part of the box is not heated.
PROTECT the bat. If you're unable to safely or comfortably contain the bat, do what you can to protect it where it is. Bring any pets indoors and close gates to keep other animals out. Keep an eye on the bat and see if it is crawling around or trying to fly. If you are able to, put a large box over the bat or lean something in front of it to give it some shade and protection.
Your bat might be fine even if it is visible during the day. Many bats have various day roosts that can include houses or trees in urban areas. Take a picture of the bat and contact Arizona Bat Rescue for advice on your situation. Never assume that a bat is fine and put it in a tree. Always contact us for help with your situation.
BATS IN POOLS If you fish a bat out of your pool, it is likely that the bat has ingested water or is injured or ill. Contact us immediately for further instructions. To protect bats and other animals in the future, add at least two Frog Logs to your pool to give critters an escape route. Use code AZBATS20% to get 20% off your order (we don't make money on the sales, they were just kind enough to offer a coupon to bat lovers).
NEVER CARE FOR A BAT ON YOUR OWN. Bats require special care feeding. Even if you have rehabilitated other wild or feral animals, if you aren't trained with bats you are putting yourself and the bat in danger if you try to rehabilitate it on your own. It's also illegal to keep wildlife in your home without a license for that specific animal. There is a lot of incorrect or incomplete information online about how to care for bats. It may go well for a little while but ultimately the bat will die if you don't get it to us for proper care.
ARIZONA BATS are not fruit bats. They either eat insects or nectar so don't leave fruit out for them or put fruit into the box with them. You can provide a shallow dish of water outside or use a drink or jar lid to provide water in the box as long as it isn't a baby. Be careful not to spill water in the box.
RABIES can be transmitted by any mammal but less than 1% of the bat population has rabies. To be safe, treat any wild animal as if it could be rabid and take proper precautions. Use thick gloves or a towel if you need to handle a bat. Rabies is transmitted by saliva; you can't get rabies from bat feces or urine or through the air. If you are concerned about rabies exposure contact a medical professional. Arizona Bat Rescue can't give medical advice.
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