'Cranky' Rescue Bat Not So Sure About Banana Treat

An injured bat being cared for by a Queensland animal enthusiast didn’t quite take to his banana treat, with the “cranky” flying fox turning his nose up at the fruit in footage posted to YouTube recently.

The video was posted by Queensland-based Denise Wade, who has been caring for injured baby bats for more than a decade.

Wade christened the bat Steve, writing in the video’s caption that he came into her care after a “car hit”.

Wade wrote that with winter “almost upon us” in Queensland, she often starts seeing “an influx” of grey-headed flying foxes coming into her care at this time of year.

Wade posted footage on April 18, and added that, “although bananas are a firm favorite with our bats in care, Steve wasn’t having a bar of it.”

Attending to the injured bats at her home in Rochedale South, Wade regularly shares updates on the animals to her Batzilla the Bat YouTube and Facebook pages. Credit: Batzilla the Bat via Storyful

Video transcript

DENISE WADE: It's not far till winter hits. And with winter comes a large local population of grey-headed flying foxes like Steve here. And it's not recognized as a classic migration, but it is a fact that large numbers of grey-headed flying foxes come up to our area simply because of the brilliant winter flowering that we have every year, in good years. And we're going to have an exceptional year this year. We've had lots of rain.

Oh, goodness, you all right? Going to have a bit more nana? Yeah, so we don't generally have too many grey-- we have some residual greys through summer. But we by far--

[YIPPING]

--see the greatest numbers through the winter. And then they'll head back south again the end of winter, to southern states. Would you like some more of that nana? You've had enough? OK, all right, dear.

So this is when they start coming into care with us. And oh, there's a bit of banana. Getting a bit cranky.

So Steve here was hit by a car. That was his reason for coming into care. But he's doing really well. And he's been X-rayed and everything's good.

He's a big man. He's about 900 grams. Because we've had this excellent rain, with excellent rain comes excellent feed after the rain. So we've got-- oh, jeez, everything's flaring, everything's just going off, and-- including figs, and lots of native fruits, and [INAUDIBLE], and golden pendas, and lily pillies, and melaleucas. So they're coming into care, generally speaking, really, really unique.

Show everyone your beautiful orange ruff. See the lovely orange ruff, the greys. Here we go. You're not overly thrilled on that. Had enough banana? Yep.

And a bit more before you go, and we'll put you back in your house? Ooh, now he's just cranky. Doesn't want any more banana. All right, we'll get him back.

But yeah, hopefully not, but we'll probably see-- we'll be seeing more greys coming in this winter unless they stay safely up in the trees, where we hope that they do stay. Anyway, we shall see.

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