Baby Bats Cairns

$25,073 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 503 people in 10 months
Help us save our Spectacled flying foxes, last season saw a devastating 1154 pups die or come into Care from one colony, and 23000 die during the record heat wave, bringing another 500 orphans into care our team is working to save these orphans and help the now endangered species
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We made our target

Thankyou to everyone for your generosity and support. The average cost to raise a pup to release in $100
Our target allowed for the cost of 250 pups, it was once our average season intake, this season saw over 600 in care and still they come in

Over 500 people donated which has been generosity of monumental proportions. To honour our donors I’m am going to plant a native or Bat food tree for every single one
Thankyou to support and donor Rebecca Kelly for your brilliant idea.

The last 24hrs saw another 3 bats rescued with a 4th rescued a few days earlier. Each was trapped in either fruit netting or barbed wire. Fruit netting can result in horrendous injuries, please encourage anyone you know who uses it to choose wildlife friendly options, if you can stick your finger through the mesh it is a danger to our wildlife.

The bat pictured was one of today’s rescues, he has injuries to his mouth and wing, injuries from netting can appear many days even weeks after a rescue. The first bat rescued a few days ago is responding well to medication and treatment, another rescued today was found in exactly the same tree as the first bat.
It’s too early to say with any certainty but so far the newest patients are doing well.

Meanwhile the owl hasn’t been seen or heard in over a week so hopefully is no longer targeting the bats.

Thankyou again for all the heartwarming support
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Thank you to everyone who has donated. You have all made feeding these flying foxes that little bit easier.

With this volume and the wild colony regularly visiting predators have made a presence throughout these season. Scrub pythons the most common but recently an owl has been attempting to hunt the released pups.
It’s part of nature and hard to avoid, unfortunately the owl was successful on two occasions and I witnessed both. As magnificent as the owl is, it was a hard thing to see.

Deterrents have been set up which seem to be working effectively and the owl has left the pups alone for over a week with me continuing to keep a watchful eye over them. The released pups learned a sad but valuable lessons that will serve them well in the wild.

Meanwhile my little red flying fox mum’s pups are growing strong with the oldest pup just starting to hang by himself.

It’s only a few short months before the next season begins but hopefully I can wrap this one up before hand
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600 orphans called my place home at some stage. Some raised, all crèched and many released.

I have 150 left to be released
These pups were either late season pups or those recovering from injury.

But the work is far from over. Once pups are released, they are support fed until they become fully independent. The time that takes varies depending on the individual.

The more rain we get, the more come into feed. Heavy rain can wash the pollen from native blossoms making food harder to find. The past fortnight has rained constantly with strong winds at night. About 200 are coming in for support feeding.

I made a video of my nightly feeding ritual. The cute little faces you saw earlier in the season are now big healthy juvenile pups, transitioning back to the wild.

I hope you enjoy seeing these beautiful creatures, they are here with all of your help. You donations have helped us all season, they have helped feed these pups and I couldn’t e more grateful. Thankyou to everyone ❤️

The journey is not over yet but their new chance and life has begun
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With the cyclone off the coast of the coral sea (in May!!) it’s put a halt on any releases for the next seven days while the rain sets in and we wait to see what the cyclone does.

Let’s hope it disappears as it heads toward the shore. Just over 100 flying foxes have been coming in to support feed in the past week, numbers had begun to drop but a bit of rain washes out pollen in native flowers and they head back, we will get there

It’s been a strange season with pythons still turning up at the aviaries, I’m on python patrol at night and we haven’t lost any yet, came close once but I managed to get python away from pup, it is not normal to be getting snakes this time of year, it should be too cold but at least one a week still appears

Jedi the little red flying fox turns 1 month old today and is growing strong.

This is fast turning into the longest bat season in history. Day by day and we will get there, all the release pups look fantastic though when they return
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