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Patient Update: Silver-Haired Bat

Updated: Jan 19

One of our patients is getting nice and strong for release in the future.

The Calgary Wildlife team received a call in early September regarding a Silver-Haired Bat; this little one was found in Inglewood by a member of the public who noticed her being attacked by a group of magpies. One of our rescue drivers was quickly sent out to collect the bat and bring her in for treatment.

Upon exam, she presented with a soft tissue injury to her left wing and capillary wall damage to the right wing on the dactylopatagium.

Did You Know?

  • The name Silver-Haired Bat comes from the dark, silver-tipped fur they have.

  • When in groups they can be called; a cloud, a colony, or a flock.

  • Their scientific name (Lasionycteris Noctivagans) translates to night-wandering.

  • These bats are often solitary creatures, especially during migration.

  • Silver-Hairs are both carnivores and insectivores.

Silver-Haired Bats, like many bats, are considered a rabies vector species. Although they can be carriers of the disease, research shows that the percentage of bats that carry rabies is very low at less than one percent of the population.

Stay tuned for updates on this Silver-Haired Bat!

With a simple donation you can help this bat and many others receive the proper food, medication and care that they require.


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