#Project365; Day 362. Bat Test Flight.
Last night I flight tested the bats I have in care. The BLE, Nipper, who I’ve had all winter, hasn’t done too well on this or the previous occasion I flew him. He takes off, but only stays up for a couple of minutes, spiralling gradually lower until he lands on the ground (and runs under the woodburner – which is not on, obviously! – and up the wall behind it). I’ll keep flying him regularly and hope he improves.
My pair of pips, on the other hand, were raring to go! I was intending to fly one at a time, and after weighing Batmatix (and finding him quite sleepy), I held him to warm him up after releasing Lynx (who was very lively when I weighed her) to fly around. Batmatix managed to wriggle out of my grasp and joined her, though, so we had a double batty flypast, which I filmed a little clip of.
They both stayed up for around half an hour, so are fully fit to go. Batmatix has gained almost a gram – from 3.8g on arrival, to 4.7g last night – and Lynx has gone from a fairly respectable 4.8g on arrival to 5.6g last night (she is probably pregnant). It’s a lovely example of how just a little TLC can rehabilitate two bats who would almost certainly have died; one on her back on a path, unable to right herself, take off or avoid predators, and one in cold water, too weak and sodden to drag himself up the sheer sides of the container. Without the sharp eyes of their finders, they wouldn’t have stood a chance!