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Bat rescued from pond

Observed: 13th July 2013 By: cerigaitcerigait’s reputation in Mammalscerigait’s reputation in Mammals
Bat in pond (5)
Bat in pond (1)
Bat in pond (2)
Bat in pond (4)

This poor little bat was mistaken for a frog initially, as it tried and tried to re-launch itself from the water/pond weed surface!
After wading knee deep through a muddy pond margin, I retrieved this soggy little creature, and let it warm up a little in the sun. I hung it on the branch of a nearby tree, where it gathered its bearings and flitted off, circling the pond once and flying off looking none the worse for wear. Phew! :)

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cerigait's picture


The best of it was I had cream coloured jeans on and my brand new walking boots! The jeans are now and ingrained shade of brown/grey below the knee and the boots look a lifetime old and smell of stagnant swamp! Lol BUT all worth it to see this poor little bat flit off. :)

ranon.2011's picture

Can't walk around in new

Can't walk around in new looking boots anyway - too shiny by far and who needs cream coloured jeans. Good for you and your rescue effort.

cerigait's picture

I know - You're right of course!

I'd have had nightmares for years had I just left it there!

Amadan's picture

I'd have taken the risk -

Handling bats without gloves is said to be very risky (it's only a couple of years since someone from a Bat group died of rabies). Sometimes you just have to do it!
My attempts in the past have resulted in no worse than a small bite (fox cub stuck in mesh fence), and excruciating itching (hedgehog in cattle-grid pit - the fleas all jumped ship).

cerigait's picture

Blind Rabies! I know..... :-/

I did think of it but as it was the hottest day of the year I'd left my gloves at home! This little bat looked far too tired to fight and I did approach it with caution and my hand away from the sharp end to begin with. But you are right to raise the point.

Needs must at times though :)

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Any idea if ID correct.


Gill Sinclair's picture

Common pip

Hi Ceri - I'm no expert on bats but trying to get there and this set of photos is very useful!
I think photo 3 shows the post-calcarial lobe - a shallow lobe of skin on the back edge of the 'spur' coming out of the inside/tail side of the foot. It's a bit difficult to see because its wet, making the skin transparent, but I think it's there! The lobe is found on pips, noctules, Leisler's and serotines.
Looking then at the shape of the tragus in photo 4, your bat has a banana-shaped tragus as in a pip - noctules and Leisler's have a mushroom-shaped tragus, and in serotines its longer.
You're in the wrong part of Wales for the Nathusias' pip so I think it's down to common or soprano pip and the former has a dark face whereas the latter has a more pinkish face, so I think the ID of common is right.
That's my effort - only possible as I say because you have such clear photos but I could still be wrong and will defer to a bat expert!

Gill Sinclair
OU Certificate in Contemporary Science
Twitter @Gill_Sinclair

cerigait's picture

Thanks for that!


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I agree with Gill. There have been sightings not very far from you of Nathusius' pipistrelle but this is a common pipistrelle, even wet the fur does not look shaggy enough.

There is an excellent web site on Nathusius bats and Jon Russ who runs it has helped with iSPot identifications in the past. His map shows the range is greater than other sources would suggest.


Graham Banwell

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