Director of the New Taipei City Animal Protection and Health Inspection Office Chen Yuan-chuan on June 28 said it plans to set up three bat info desks, respectively in Rueifang District Office, Haibin Borough Office and Rueifang Animal Shelter. In future, when members of the public see an injured bat, they can contact the nearest info desk or send it directly to one of them.
The number of bent-wing bats in the area near Haibin Tunnel in Rueifang District’s Haibin Borough is the highest not only in Taiwan, but also in East Asia. The area, which has a rich diversity of plants and plenty of mosquitoes and flies, has every year attracted many bent-wing bats to come to breed.
Chen says that female bent-wing bats usually move into a cave around April, and give birth to pups in July or August. After September, female bats and their pups leave the cave and migrate to southern Taiwan for the winter. As bat pups tend to be physically weaker, while flying, they often get hit by cars and end up injured or dead. Chen notes that, when members of the public see an injured bat, they should avoid touching it with bare hands, and should only pick it up using a plastic bag or wearing gloves, so as to avoid being bitten. Since bats are nocturnal animals, when caring for them, one should also avoid placing them directly under bright lights, Chen says, adding that if one gets bitten or scratched by a bat, the bite must be immediately cleansed with soap for five minutes and rinsed with plenty of water. In addition, the person must go to the hospital to receive a vaccine for tetanus and rabies. The bat which caused the injury, on the other hand, must be sent to the Animal Protection and Health Inspection Office to be screened for disease.
Photo courtesy of Bat Conservation Society of Taipei
(Liberty Times, translated by Tu Yu-an)
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