Eastern Long-eared Bat (Nyctophilus bifax)
This species roosts in a number of locations around the verandahs of the Bat Hospital. I have found one on the ground carrying twins. It had attempted to fly around a 90 degree corner of the enclosed verandah. The batbox was only a few metres away so I was able to just pop the mother and twins inside. Sometimes they roost in large clay hanging bats, or inside a box air conditioner.
Orphans often come into care in January from banana farms. Their mothers choose to roost between the hands of bananas under the plastic covers. When the bunch of bananas is picked and brought into the packing shed, the plastic is ripped off and the bunch goes through a wash. The pups tend to fall out and the mothers fly off.
The pups are easy to rear, and they learn to eat whole mealworms quite easily. They are a good species to learn the basics of orphan microbat care. We’ve released small groups of 3-4 together and they have always come back to the release cage each morning for some time. It’s a great opportunity to weigh them to check they are coping in the wild. To date they always have.