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Young bat with tick attached
Observed: 22nd September 2011 By: pollardm
Added: 25th November 2011
This bat emerged from wall cladding, obviously forced out by the discomfort caused by the tick, to which it was occaisonally reacting with jerks. It was very hot and we were afraid it would dehydrate. We know that it is illegal to interfere with a bat, but it was very clear what needed doing, and we removed the tick by grabbing it's head with very fine tweezers, avoiding squashing the tick's body. Using gloves, the bat was gently nudged back towards the cladding, when it climbed quickly back underneath,twittering and getting much answering vocalisation from behind the cladding. We didn't see it again and assumed all was well.