Big Brown Bat Release:
We released 12 Big Brown Bats (11 juveniles and one adult) into an established roost (in the thousands) with help from Wildlife Disease Technician, Molly Byrne, with the PGC.
One of these Bats was actually a momma bat that came into us on June 4th, 2023, after being found struggling in a member of the public’s pool. She was lucky that the caring citizen found her in time, and she did not suffer from aspiration pneumonia, she was dehydrated and a bit emaciated for being pregnant though, and in need of a maternity ward. She gave birth a few days later to 2 healthy young. She raised them in our care until we released all 3 of them into their new colony.
All of the orphaned baby bats each came in at about 2-3 weeks old and were able to be released at about 9 weeks old! These bats were hand-reared by staff and volunteers until they were weaned to full bugs. They were also flight tested prior to release to ensure they are ready to go fully learn from the experienced adults in the roost! Annie Beliles, our Intern Coordinator (and Licensed Rehabber) specializes in Bats and has closely monitored their development during their stay in our clinic.
Fun Fact: White-Nose Syndrome is responsible for killing an estimated 6.7 million bats in North America since 2006. If you notice a bat is grounded, please call our Wildlife Center at 412-345-7300 x. 500 for next steps on how to help.