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bhone20 05-21-2008 11:38 PM

Found this little guy in my pool!!
Just thought I'd share this with everybody.This little guy crash landed in my pool.Every evening just before dark the bats come out and swoop down and skim the surface of my pool to get a drink.I'm constantly finding dead bats in my skimmer, but earlier tonight, this one was floating at the deep end still wiggling. So I rescued him and snapped a quick shot of him on my finger to show scale of his tiny size. I put him on the palm tree to dry out and couldn't resist taking some close-up pics. I believe he is a Mexican Long Nosed Bat, or a California Brown Bat.

herefishy 05-21-2008 11:46 PM

Hmmm.....ummm..Is that what they call a batfish?

bhone20 05-21-2008 11:52 PM

dunno....cant see no gills!

Falina 05-21-2008 11:55 PM

He's absolutely gorgeous!

What happens now? Did he fly away back home or what?

GeegaFish 05-22-2008 06:45 AM

Awww...poor, cute little bat! I'm glad you were able to save him. :) Thanks for sharing your pics!

bhone20 05-22-2008 02:35 PM

He is still in the palm tree. I think the chlorine may have made him sick.I kept checking on him through the night, he didn't fly away yet. But he did crawl in between two palm fronds to escape the sun. I just checked on him at 12:00pm, He has plenty of fight left in him, When I barely touched the frond, he squeaked at me and showed his teeth, so I'm hoping he will fly away at dusk.

Amphitrite 05-22-2008 03:00 PM

He's a beautiful looking bat bhone20 :)

Fingers crossed he's just shocked and will fly off soon enough. I remember going night-fishing with my dad when I was a teenager and a bat got caught up in the fishing line. We brought him home and put him in a box. We thought he had damaged one or both of his wings, as he made no attempt to fly away, but after a couple of days he did. He must've been suffering from shock and just needed time to recover :)

bhone20 05-22-2008 09:45 PM

Well, the odds aren't on his side right now. Out of nowhere, we had horrible thunder storms and downpours. I rigged up another frond just above him so he would not get drenched. He is still dry,still shows his teeth at me.If he doesn't fly off tonight, I think I'll call the vet and see if there is anything I can do to help.

MattD 05-23-2008 04:47 PM

Aww, cute little bat. The last pic is my favorite, he's so wet and tired and confused.

Do what you can he's too cute. :D :D

bhone20 05-24-2008 01:06 AM

Well, he didnt fly off, so I put him in a shoe box and he ate some mushed up brine shrimp mixed with water.he is doing good now.I put a large piece of cinder in the box and he latched on it and closed his eyes.I think he will do just fine.Tomorrow I plan on going to my LFS and buying some tiny crickets,grind them up into a mush and supper is served.I am really glad that I was able to help this little guy.Here is a few pics of him to show how much better he looks now..
I snapped this one without the flash so you can see his eye.
Thanks for the shoe box idea Kate!! Its workin great.:)

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