Happy Halloween for tiny long-eared bat trapped in King’s Lynn house
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A brown long-eared bat had his very own fright night after getting in a flap when he got trapped in a house.
The tiny mammal found himself trapped in his own house of horrors, in King's Lynn, after getting stuck inside the property.
He was captured and taken to a bat carer but wouldn't eat so was taken in by specialists at the RSPCA's East Winch wildlife centre, near King's Lynn.
When he first arrived he was underweight, dehydrated and very weak.
Now, almost two weeks later, the little bat - who weighs just 7g, the same as a key - is eating well.
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East Winch manager Alison Charles said: 'Our wildlife assistants got to work as soon as he arrived and got him eating some specialist dog food made for canines recovering after surgery.
'Once he'd found his appetite, specialists got him onto mealworms and he is now thriving.
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'He weighed just 6g when he arrived but we've managed to get him up to 7g - he's eating his own bodyweight in mealworms every night.
'Thankfully he's made a spooktacular recovery and we are hoping to release him soon as he is now flying well and has had the all-clear from the vet.'
Adult bats can be mistaken for babies as people don't realise how small they can be and this can lead to healthy adult bats being brought in unnecessarily.
Bats must be treated very carefully and people should avoid picking them up if possible - but if you have to, always handle with gloves and use a soft cloth or tea towel. It is also important to remember where you found it as it may be possible to return the bat for release.
If anyone suspects they've found a sick or injured bat, they should contact the Bat Conservation Trust on 0845 130 0228 who can give advice and put them in touch with their local bat carer. If you can't get through and are concerned for the welfare of an animal, call the RSPCA's 24-hour emergency line on 0300 1234 999.
If you would like to help staff at East Winch help wildlife, like this bat, look at the centre's Amazon wish list online. They need towels and facecloths to help with animals coming into their care this winter.