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Rare bat rescued and given second chance

PUBLISHED: 09:49 12 October 2017

The rescued bat at Secret World.

The rescued bat at Secret World.

Secret World

A rare bat has been given a second chance thanks to a Somerset wildlife charity.

A grey long-eared bat was found by a member of the public and was unable to fly.

The bat was very underweight and severely dehydrated.

It was taken to Secret World Wildlife Rescue centre in East Huntspill and animal carer Daniel Clifford Bryant said: “I had a suspicion the bat was a grey long-eared bat when he came in, but juvenile bats can be difficult to identify.”

This is one of the rarest species of bats, with between 1,000 and 3,000 thought to be in the UK.

Carers at Secret World hand-fed the bat and it recovered quickly, and was soon able to fly and eat by itself.

Mr Bryant said: “He is now in a pen together with a female grey long-eared bat that was also found in Somerset and all being well, they will be able to go back to their home in the wild this autumn.”

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