Tal’ngai Dha’run, a Grey-Headed Flying Fox, is in the care of the Australian Bat Clinic & Wildlife Trauma Center. These pictures are beautiful. He is a real show-off.
Some people might think that bats are scary, but that’s not true. They have a bad reputation because we think they’re dangerous. Bats are one example of this.
They don’t bother us very much, and in fact, they’re very good for us. Among other things, one brown bat, which is about the size of a human thumb, can eat about 600 mosquitoes and other pests in an hour. Amazing!
Sadly, the number of bats is going down. Many bat species are in danger of going extinct because of habitat loss, culls, and white-nose syndrome, which kills them quickly. Bats can get white-nose syndrome when they are hibernating. It is a type of fungus that grows on their bodies when they are So far, six million bats have died from this disease, and it has killed them all.
The Australian Bat Clinic and Wildlife Trauma Center, which are in Queensland, Australia, are trying to change people’s minds about bats. They care for injured and orphaned bats, and they have a Grey-Headed Flying Fox named Tal’ngai Dha’run in their care right now. A condition called leucism causes an animal to lose some of its pigmentation, resulting in white, pale, or patchy coloration on its skin and other parts of its body, but not on its eyes. This little one is thought to have the condition.
Besides being rare, they think he might be the only one. People who care for him haven’t been able to stop him from making new friends or talking to them because of his condition, though. The staff at the clinic say that he is a real lovebug. Check out these beautiful pictures!
This guy is not only beautiful, but he is very important to our ecosystem. During the night, bats can eat a lot of bugs, which means that farmers don’t have to use as much pesticide when bats are around. Bats are also pollinators, which is why they are so important. All of the images are from the Australian Bat Clinic and Wildlife Trauma Center.