And fi­nally... Bat­man to the res­cue

Horse & Hound - - News Insider - EJ

RIDERS have been urged to be on the look­out for sleepy bats — and to take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion should they find one.

Mary Ban­nis­ter, from Hert­ford­shire, found a snooz­ing bat on her horse’s rug, which had been folded up over a wall in an open barn. At this time of year, bats should be hi­ber­nat­ing, but mild weather may have led them to wake up — or they may have seen a rug, un­used since last win­ter, as the ideal roost­ing spot.

Be­ing aroused from hi­ber­na­tion ex­pends a great deal of en­ergy and can lead to star­va­tion, the Bat Con­ser­va­tion Trust warns, so any­one who finds one should call the na­tional bat helpline on 0345 1300 228.

The trust also has vol­un­teer groups across the coun­try, mem­bers of which can come out to help if needed.

Their num­bers are avail­able at bats.org.uk — or maybe a bat sign cast into the sky would work?

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