Bat born at Secret World Wildlife Rescue
PUBLISHED: 21:00 07 March 2018
An animal charity has welcomed a surprise addition after the birth of a bat.
A pipistrelle bat which has been in care at Secret World Wildlife Rescue since December unexpectedly gave birth at its headquarters in East Huntspill.
During her recovery carers noticed she was eating double the amount of mealworms for a bat her size and strength.
It is believed she was pregnant on arrival at Secret World and being kept in a warm climate triggered the fertilisation.
Animal carer Sarah Tingvoll said: “Mother and baby will stay at Secret World until April and we will take them to a flight pen before releasing them.
“The baby needs to learn to fly and self-feed from live food and the mum will need to build strength back up, so a period in a purpose-built flight pen will enable them to do this.
“Then a suitable release site will be found.”