30th November 2014
Age: Adult Sex: Male Weight: 10gms
Found: In a place of residence in Conondale. The little bat flew into the house and then got caught in mesh trying to fly out a window.
Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by the homeowner.
Veterinary Assessment: Rhino was reasonably quiet but alert and responsive on arrival to the hospital. Dr Amber anaesthetised Rhino for further examination and found bruising to the left wing membrane around his forearm region. Fortunately there were no fractures but the skin observed around the area was dry and tight.
Treatment: Rhino was administered with pain relief and a topical anti-inflammatory solution was applied to the injured area on the wing. He was stable enough to be transferred to a qualified carer the same day.
Outcome: Rhino will be in care for a couple of weeks until the bruising in his left wing subsides and he gains full use again. In that time he will return for a check up with Dr Amber to ensure the healing process is progressing at a good rate. When Rhino is entirely recovered he will be released back into the wild in close proximity to where he was found so he can locate his roost again.
AZWH Fact: Eastern horseshoe bats are important predators of insects in their native ecosystems. Their predation on flying insects can impact agricultural pest populations, providing a benefit to farmers.