Bat cared for by Secret World to be released

PUBLISHED: 11:00 03 March 2018

Gandalf and Merri.

Gandalf and Merri.

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A rare bat is about to be released into the wild by an East Huntspill animal charity.

Gandalf the grey long-eared bat was taken to Secret World Wildlife Rescue, in New Road, after he was found dehydrated, underweight and unable to fly.

After undergoing a period of critical care and hand feeding Gandalf recovered well and was taken to the RSPCA in Taunton for rehabilitation.

He has since been paired up with a female called Merri and they will both be released together.

Secret World animal carer Daniel Bryant said: “Grey long-eared bats are one of the UK’s rarest species with an estimated population of only 1,000 to 3,000.

“This means we had to be very vigilant with this bat as it is very important it is released in the same place it came from.

“We are thrilled to hear Gandalf has been paired up with a female and that they can return home together.”

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