Noisy Neighbor No Problem for Serene Bat

A noisy neighbor can be difficult to ignore but a calm approach to the problem was the key for one bat while it was under the care of Queensland woman Denise Wade.

Wade, who has been caring for injured baby bats for over a decade at her home in Rochedale South, regularly shares updates on the animals to her Batzilla the Bat Facebook page and other social channels.

The update featured above includes a bat by the name of Ashley who, according to Wade, was “very close to death” in the week leading up to recording the footage (which was shared to YouTube on September 19).

Ashely looks to be bursting with health though, happily flapping while hanging from a cage, though Ashley’s cage-mate, known as Master Rep, is an altogether calmer individual. The bat barely makes a move as it hangs nearby while Ashley makes a racket.

Posting the footage to YouTube, Wade wrote, “Just like any other mammalian species, flying-fox babies are individuals with very individual needs. Some are big flappers, others not so much but all spend some time flapping.”

She added, “As our orphans mature, more time is spent flapping in preparation for the day between 8 and 12 weeks of age when all that practice culminates in the first flight. Once our orphans are flying, they are ready to embark on the next stage of their journey back to the wild.” Credit: Batzilla the Bat via Storyful