Trish Wimberley looks after hundreds of orphaned baby bats and rears them until they can be released into the wild. It’s a tireless, never ending job which keeps her awake all hours (she apparently went 3 nights without sleeping once). A typical day may include feeding (the food is about $1000 a week), health checks, doing their laundry (the dryer and washing machine electricity bill costs up to $8000 every 3 or 4 months!), bat transportation for release — everything they need in order to survive. You’d think she’d need an army of people to help but she makes do with only a few loyal volunteers. It just goes to show, motherhood can transcend between all species and Trish is happy playing that role to assist a creature that is vital to the Australian ecosystem.
This video only shows a small section of the hospital. As the bats get ready to return to the wild they are moved to soft release exhibits.
For more info on Trish & the work of the Australian bat clinic & wildlife trauma centre go here: http://australianbatclinic.com.au/
If you’re a member of the public, remember never to touch or approach a bat unless you are a registered caregiver/rescuer and you are vaccinated. Wild bats do not like to be approached as they may see you as a potential predator.