Do bat res­cue right

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - ENVIRONMENT -

Bats fly at night. If you find a bat on the ground dur­ing the day – es­pe­cially if it is on its back – you can bet that it is in trou­ble and needs im­me­di­ate as­sis­tance. Never touch a bat with your bare hands. In­stead, get a shoe box and punch holes in the lid. Fold a soft T-shirt in the bot­tom, drap­ing the bot­tom third over one side of the box. This gives the bat a fab­ric “wall” where it can cling. Leave the neck open­ing fac­ing up. This pro­vides the bat with a safe crevice or “mini-cave” for re­treat. Us­ing the lid – never your hands – gen­tly scoop the bat into the box. If by chance you are bit­ten, the bat must be tested for ra­bies, which can only be done if it is dead. – Fort Worth Star-Tele­gram/McClatchyTri­bune In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices

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