If you missed the first part of my interview with Suzie DeGrasse of Primarily Possums Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation last month, you can read it at townelaker.com. The rehabilitation center helps possums, bats, cottontail rabbits, armadillos and more. Learn more at www.primarilypossums.org.
Why does Primarily Possums also help bats?
Bats are heading for endangered status. Populations are suffering, due to less food as a result of pesticide use and loss of habitat. There are only two bat rehabbers in Georgia, and we need more.
Why do bats usually need to be rehabilitated?
The majority are babies that have fallen out of a colony. Sometimes, there is not enough room, as they are all born around the same time at the end of May. Injured adults often are caught by cats or suffer collisions.
Are there any myths about bats that aren’t true?
1. Not all bats carry rabies. Only around 1% of bats do.
2. They are not generally rabid creatures. However, don’t touch a grounded bat without a rehabber’s instructions. They are not blood-suckers.
3. They are insectivorous. None of the bats in our area eat fruit.
4. Bats have very small eyes and can see fine, but rely on echolocations more than vision. Brown bats are very talkative amongst themselves.
What is your favorite part of the bat rehab process?
I have a new flight tent. Watching the little bat I am currently rehabbing going from drinking milk to learning how to fly has been a real treat and an honor.
What is something people should know about bats?
Pesticide use affects bats by reducing the amount of food available to them. When we spray for mosquitos, we are effectively eradicating bats. Bats are much more effective at reducing mosquitos and should be encouraged.
What should someone do if they find an injured bat?
Contain it. Just put a box over it, and don’t handle it, if possible. Try to get it to crawl into a box. Then, call a rehabber.
– Rob Macmillan is on a mission to help shelter dogs and cats. On Facebook @robsrescues. www.robsrescues.com.
These animals are at Cobb County Animal Services, waiting for homes.
This dog’s tag is 645457. She is a small terrier who was a stray. She is a very calm and gentle 8-year-old and is affectionate. She would be a very nice pet for a person. She looks like she just needs a bath and some love and care.
This cat’s name is Aristelle. Her tag number is 645372. She also is an 8-year-old stray. She is very loving and needs a family to hang around with. She is very calm and would not cause problems in a household. She looks like she is blind in one eye.