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There’s A Bat Hospital In Australia That Takes In Abandoned Baby Bats
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There’s A Bat Hospital In Australia That Takes In Abandoned Baby Bats

If you think bats are terrifying, vampiric creatures of the night, you’ve got them all wrong. The abandoned bat pups being taken care of at the Tolga Bat Hospital in Atherton, Australia are proof that baby bats can be just as adorable as any kitten or puppy.

The fruit bat pups at the Tolga Bat Hospital in the Atherton Tablelands are brought in when they are afflicted by tick paralysis or when their mothers have died or become too ill to feed them (often from the same disease). Volunteers at the hospital nurse the bat pups back to health and then release them into the wild. The hospital also serves as a sanctuary for bats who have retired from zoos.

More info: tolgabathospital.org | Facebook | Jurgen Freund Photography (h/t: dailymail)

Image credits: Jurgen Freund Photography/ Caters News Agency

Image credits: Jurgen Freund Photography/ Caters News Agency

Image credits: Tolga Bat Hospital

Image credits: Jurgen Freund Photography/ Caters News Agency

Image credits: Jurgen Freund Photography/ Caters News Agency

Image credits: Jurgen Freund Photography/ Caters News Agency

Image credits: Jurgen Freund Photography/ Caters News Agency

Image credits: Jurgen Freund Photography/ Caters News Agency

Image credits: Jurgen Freund Photography/ Caters News Agency

Image credits: Jurgen Freund Photography/ Caters News Agency

Image credits: Tolga Bats Hospital

Image credits: Jurgen Freund Photography/ Caters News Agency

Image credits: Jurgen Freund Photography/ Caters News Agency

Image credits: Tolga Bat Hospital

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EdiDePencier
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These are amazing and adorable little creatures.

SkyeLily
Community Member
8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Awes :) <3 I've always loved bats, so cute.

KimPhillips
Community Member
8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love them! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbTWWWtFFUs

FrancieGross
Community Member
8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Bats get such a bad rap, and they're really such Good Guys... I'm happy to see some of them being so well cared for!

AgataSmialy
Community Member
8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How can you not love bats after seeing this???!?!?!!!?!?!?! Adorable ...

learman1
Community Member
8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So happy to see positive publicity for these adorable creatures so vital to ecosystems everywhere! Warms my heart.

NicoleGilbert
Community Member
8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have always loved bats especially fruit bats. I have visited the colony in Wingham Brush several times.

SherrySaben-Wolford
Community Member
8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Such cute little critters...and they ARE so good for our environment!!

Valerie Hays-Crowley
Community Member
8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I just love these little guys.Bless those who care for them...

Noni
Community Member
8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Bats contribute to the expansion of forests in the middle latitudes, and pollination. They can disperse over 30,000 small seeds overnight.

KathrynCampbell
Community Member
8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Some of my favorite animals. Fascinating how the wing bones resemble the bones in the human hand.

KerryKjargaard
Community Member
8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Bats are wonderful creatures that eat all kinds of flying insects. We need to protect them.

JanisQuinn
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you for all you do for these beautiful creatures!

TrishDavey
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I didn't know this. what wonderful dedicated people they are to look after our fruit bat population.Thanks for posting this Janis

RosemaryTurpin
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Aww - whoever thought a bat could be cute, eh?

MaggieAhl
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They are precious babies, if I lived in Australia I Wodehouse love to work with these babies

Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love them.good work.

RobinHuff
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Nearly all bats are threatened worldwide. Most people have no idea how indispensable bats are to the Earth & people. And they're CUTE!

RobinHuff
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

k they're beautiful wish I lived somewhere near a rescue so I could work with bats.

AnnMcNeil
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh my goodness... I think I'm in love!!

HollyRamsay
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

thank you for what you do for these little beings of light

CinziaDonti
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

adorabili ! i didn't know they were so sweet <3

Deborah Calhoun
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

JUST TOOOOOOO CUTE!!!! am a "bat" fan by nature, but didnt realize this most AMAZING place existed. YA'ALL ARE AWESOME-thanks auntie nan;)

Bored_PandaN1
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Adorable Bats! Love the Idea of BatHospital!!!:)))

BrendaSchaecher
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

WOW Fantastic, I love bats they are beautiful and graceful.

AgataSmialy
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How can you not love bats after seeing this?!?!??!

Jenny Roy
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Assomme! Hope to vist that place one Day! Good job and jeep gong!!

JennyRoy
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Assomme! Want to visit that place one Day!!

AlonBaker
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

so beautiful.........and so amazing!!!! thanks for sharing

Janette Hartje
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So cute & important creatures in so many ways...

JanetteHartje
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So cute & important creatures in many ways.....

JamieAcree
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How cute! Bats don't have to be terrifying at all. I'm glad someone is doing this because they're special, too.

María Sabelli Couñago
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love those adorable creatures and give my congrats to those people that assist them... Thank u all...!!!

Belinda Epagneul
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

so süüüüüß, würde ich auch gerne aufziehen

JFPurcell
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They really are mammals, and can be appreciated with the photos presented.

Ashley Bell
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

EMOTICON EMOTICON EMOTICON!!!!!!!

Community Member
8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

OMG, swaddled bats!! Brings adorable to a whole new level!

animeminecraftchelsea
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

these are pretty and kawaii i don't see why people dislike bats

Rudolph Furtado
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Incredible.First time in my life reading about a "Bat Nursery".

MichaelMcQuown
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Bats are among the more useful creatues on the planet. They consume large quantities of flying insects and pollinate many species of fruit.

Hascie
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think this is awesome. Bats are sweet creatures. Love to do this myself.

MatthewCallahan
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've always been a fan of Bat-man and these little Baby Bat's are adorable. Look out it's the Joker !

EmmaThomas
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Didn't realize how cute they could be

Norah Herbert
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I Love Fruit Bats. I think that the adult ones look a log like Siamese cats.

Teresa briceño
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is very important. A world without animals is dead world.

Teresabriceño
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is a project that everybody has to consider: animals maintain the balance of the spiritual and biological circle of life.

RavinKaito
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They look like little bat burritos xD

RavinKaito
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They look like little bat burritos xD

Stephen Richards
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What is tick paralysis and how does it make those bats ill?

RebekahHeltonRobson
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Its a type of tick that paralyses once attached to the animal can effect dogs, cats etc and can be very deadly if not treated asap

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Stephen Richards
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What do those stranded bats' mother bats come down with and how do they come down with it?

Stephen Richards
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What makes those stranded bats' mother bats get ill?

Stephen Richards
Community Member
8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why and how do those bats get stranded?

Amelia Cares
Community Member
8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Felicitaciones desde Chile por vuestra abnegada dedicación a nuestros hermanos menores....

Zobe Q
Community Member
8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Who would ever think that bats could be soooooo cute? They are adorable.

RikkeBjörk
Community Member
8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How can I come here to work as a volunteer? Is a 3 month tourist-visa accepted as long as the work is not paid?

ZorriBerrios
Community Member
8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm so glad to see people un-demonize these fine creations of God, besides, who does a better job of eliminating the real blood-suckers ....

KaiHontiveros
Community Member
8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

adorable!:) these people are doing an amazing job!:)

AllanLykins
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am trying to figure out how to get there. I am retired and in love with bats. They are beautiful and deserve all the help they can get.

Rene Tryan-Bigford
Community Member
8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Their wings/legs are really creepy looking.But their little heads are so adorable....

Kathleen Haveles
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wonderful work guys! They are adorable.

KathleenHaveles
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How amazing is this! They're so cute. Wonderful work guys!

Bumbaaraa S
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

na-na-na-na-na-Batgirl!: taking care of the bats :D

ReneeGerger
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They are just to precious, love the pics and this is a great thing these people are doing!

JoanneRomshak
Community Member
8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

precious?? oh well...i guess everyone has their own opinion.

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CaroleEldridge
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Lena Bex needs you to get her a job at this hospital.

ohitscyndia
Community Member
8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i wonder who came up with this idea .-.

HannahSmith
Community Member
8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm sorry. I've been too highly conditioned against them to not shiver at a bony wing or claw. Even though their eyes ARE super adorable.

AyshaPatel
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why do they have pacifiers in their mouths, do they bite or something?

LaurenPomerantz
Community Member
8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They're not pacifiers. They're little nipples. The milk-replacement formula is injected into the nipple from a graduated pipette.

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NectalyVela
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

as far as I know bats can't really function with light so how do they take photos of them?

TonyAston
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Fruit bats have excellent eyesight - no problem with lights

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KellyBang
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ebola comes from bats... just saying.

Ron Adams
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

hideous, and the bats are pretty ugly too

DianeGertzen
Community Member
8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In the U.S. at least, bats are common carriers of rabies. Don't touch.

JoanneRomshak
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

ugh. there is an old saying, "put a tutu on a pig, it's still a pig". i HATE bats. i don't find them cute at all. they are disgusting.

JoanneRomshak
Community Member
8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

ugh!! there is an old saying "put a tutu on a pig, it's still a pig"... i hate bats. they are creepy. not for me!!!

EdiDePencier
Community Member
8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These are amazing and adorable little creatures.

SkyeLily
Community Member
8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Awes :) <3 I've always loved bats, so cute.

KimPhillips
Community Member
8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love them! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbTWWWtFFUs

FrancieGross
Community Member
8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Bats get such a bad rap, and they're really such Good Guys... I'm happy to see some of them being so well cared for!

AgataSmialy
Community Member
8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How can you not love bats after seeing this???!?!?!!!?!?!?! Adorable ...

learman1
Community Member
8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So happy to see positive publicity for these adorable creatures so vital to ecosystems everywhere! Warms my heart.

NicoleGilbert
Community Member
8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have always loved bats especially fruit bats. I have visited the colony in Wingham Brush several times.

SherrySaben-Wolford
Community Member
8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Such cute little critters...and they ARE so good for our environment!!

Valerie Hays-Crowley
Community Member
8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I just love these little guys.Bless those who care for them...

Noni
Community Member
8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Bats contribute to the expansion of forests in the middle latitudes, and pollination. They can disperse over 30,000 small seeds overnight.

KathrynCampbell
Community Member
8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Some of my favorite animals. Fascinating how the wing bones resemble the bones in the human hand.

KerryKjargaard
Community Member
8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Bats are wonderful creatures that eat all kinds of flying insects. We need to protect them.

JanisQuinn
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you for all you do for these beautiful creatures!

TrishDavey
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I didn't know this. what wonderful dedicated people they are to look after our fruit bat population.Thanks for posting this Janis

RosemaryTurpin
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Aww - whoever thought a bat could be cute, eh?

MaggieAhl
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They are precious babies, if I lived in Australia I Wodehouse love to work with these babies

Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love them.good work.

RobinHuff
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Nearly all bats are threatened worldwide. Most people have no idea how indispensable bats are to the Earth & people. And they're CUTE!

RobinHuff
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

k they're beautiful wish I lived somewhere near a rescue so I could work with bats.

AnnMcNeil
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh my goodness... I think I'm in love!!

HollyRamsay
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

thank you for what you do for these little beings of light

LadyAna
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15