Brother, can you spare a mealworm?

Baturday News is a weekly blog written by Rachael, a middle school student and Save Lucy volunteer. Rachael’s interest in bats was sparked by the big brown bats that used the outside of her former home for a winter roost. Her family cheerfully hosted the wild colony for years.

A photogrpah pf a big brown bat rescued in Ithaca, New York.
A big brown bat recently rescued from the cold by Wild Things Sanctuary in New York.

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a great week. The bats here at Save Lucy and I are very excited about the long weekend. The bats have decided to spend their time sleeping and eating mealworms…I like the sleeping idea the best, how about you? I am especially happy because, while most people have a nice 3 day weekend, I will have a 4 day weekend. There is a teacher work day on Tuesday!!! Boy, am I excited! I’m going to sleep LATE!!!

Ok, now for some bat news. Little Lemmy is doing surprisingly well. When she came to Save Lucy, she was in pretty bad shape. Now, she is getting stronger every day! She is doing so well that she was moved from her “hospital crate” to a “big girl crate”. I think that’s great news! I hope she continues to improve and will be able to be released when the weather gets better.

Speaking of weather, it has been much colder lately. The poor little bats are getting confused because it was so nice and then got so cold so fast. Some of them might have picked some less than ideal places to roost. Some of those less than ideal places might be in a human’s nice warm garage or attic or something toasty like that. If you see a bat where it shouldn’t be, please don’t touch it. The best way to help a bat is to call a rehabilitator. Always remember, don’t touch the little critter, no matter how much you want to. I know they are cute, but only trained rehabilitators should touch them. The rehabilitator will take care of your new little friend as long as it needs to be cared for and then hopefully release it in the Spring.

I hope everyone has a very nice weekend. Happy MLK Day! And to all of you who got a lot of snow this past week, I wouldn’t mind if you sent some of that white stuff my way. Maybe you could send it over Tuesday night…5 day weekend anyone???


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