On June 4th, 2023, an adult Big Brown Bat was admitted to our wildlife center after being found in someone’s pool. Luckily, the homeowner knew that was a dangerous situation for the bat and brought her in to be cared for by our rehabilitators. It was clear on examination that the female bat was pregnant and did not have any injuries or ailments other than being mildly dehydrated. She was given a “maternity ward” in the form of an enclosure with lots of hiding places and soft linens to minimize stress.
After one week, she gave birth to two healthy baby bats! Our team gave her as much privacy as possible so that she could raise her two young without any unnecessary human intervention. The mom bat was even able to teach her babies to eat mealworms out of a bowl! (video) On August 19th, once they were old enough to start venturing out on their own, we were able to release the three bats with our other 9 babies that we had raised from a young age. They were able to be released into an established roost with other adults that would teach them all of the skills they need to be successful adults.
If you see a bat roosting somewhere out in the open, please contact our clinic at 412-345-7300 ext. 500 for the best way to provide assistance. If a bat is found in your home, be sure to put on thick gloves and safely contain the bat in a box or bin. Never handle a bat with your bare hands! Once it is in a warm, dark, quiet location, contact our clinic to find out how to proceed. Be sure not to place it outside and see if it flies away because it likely needs help!