The passionate volunteer nurses bats in her rented bedroom in the UK.
According to 28-year-old conservation volunteer Ellie Hack, bats are “totally amazing.” Also amazing? Hack’s dedication to taking care of ill and injured bats.
Unfortunately, since the spring, which was very hot for bats in the UK, more bats have been in need of care. This issue is compounded by the fact that bat populations are less steady than they used to be in the UK. Luckily, in Frome, Somerset, Hack is there to take care of as many as six bats at once.
She outfitted her bedroom with special pens. She keeps the bats in the pens, but also “bat-proofs” the room so she can let the bats “fly around to test their wings before they are released back into the wild.”
Hack has to rise from bed thrice per night if she has young bats to feed. As well, all the bats are noisy roommates:
They squeak a lot, and they’re also very loud eaters so I sleep with earplugs in.Ellie Hack
The one aspect of their care that bothers her landlady Celia is the feeding of mealworms—live ones—to the bats.
I have to rip their heads off when I feed them. You hold the bat in your hand and take the head off and squeeze its guts out on to the bottom lip. Once they’ve got a taste for it they grab it and munch away.Ellie Hack
But overall, landlady Celia and landlord Mike “love” having the rescued bats as tenants.
Hack volunteers with the Bat Conservation Trust. She has been an animal lover from a young age. Her connection to bats came from her father, who was passionate about the animals when he was alive.
Bats are so complicated and there’s so little that we understand about them. They are totally amazing.Ellie Hack
Article source: BBC
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