This is a “Flying Fox” bat and is one of Joe D’Angeli’s pets that he brings with him when doing presentations or promotional events, to bring awareness to others on the importance of bats in our environment.
Saving Bats in NJ
I am a member of the NJ Audubon Society. And even though our main focus is on birds, occasionally we do something that’s a little different. In this case, one of our members found a bat in their backyard, and rescued it. We immediately contacted an official, licensed, NJ bat connoisseur and turned the little girl over to him to be rehabilitated. In about two weeks time, the bat was doing much better and was ready to be released. It turned out this particular bat was a rare type of species hardly found in NJ, and was called a Silver Fur Bat. The bat was released in a well populated bat area and seemed to do well upon it’s release back into the wild. Much thanks to Joe D’Angeli (certified/licensed bat handler of NJ) for his help in saving this little girl bat.
Bat Cave Bats
The images of these small brown bats were taken directly outside their bat cave in Northern NJ, in the middle of February, 2009. Though it was the warmest day of that winter (just over 60°), I was shocked to see bats fluttering about right in front of me. I was later informed that it was possible the bats were out and about during the middle of winter (when the should be hibernating) due to the possible infection of the deadly disease known as White Nose Syndrome. A terrible, devastating disease that has decimated the bat population, affecting bats of all kinds from as far north as Canada, down to Mexico and across the USA, killing millions of bats. I was told a theory; when/if bats detect this disease on themselves, they will come out of hibernation on warm days in the winter to obtain Ultra Violet light, in order to prevent the fungus from carrying out it’s death sentence. So, I assume on that extremely warm February day, when I was hiking past the bat cave and encountered several hundred bats flying around, that it may have been their attempt to eliminate the fungus they may have had growing on them. Whether this act of desperation helped these poor animals or not, is simply hard to say. It’s also probably safe to say that most, if not all the bats that appear in these photographs from that very day, died as a direct result of White Nose Syndrome. It’s very sad indeed how many bats have died from this killer fungus. Lets hope that scientists will come up with a way to prevent this problem from doing any more damage than it already has.