Final Bartok Update

Bartok is continuing on his diet and flight training.

Unfortunately due to some family health issues I won’t be able to go to WCC for a while so this is the last update on him.

Baby bat season is June through August so Thrive’s Bat Nursery will be closed down until next season.

It was a great first season and I look forward to many more!

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Stay tuned for more Thrive projects!

Bartok update! 

I was finally able to get to the WCC and check on Bartok today!

He is now a whopping 20 grams! So, per the vet, is now on a diet lol

Unfortunately the vet also heard some fluid in his lungs and so is also on antibiotics.

He’s also not doing very well with learning to fly, which –if that doesn’t change–would mean he can’t be released and might become an education animal.

In other news, I learned how to take care of the WCC’s education bats today–more about them next week 🙂

If you happen to be in the northern Ohio area on September 8th or 9th come to the WCC fundraiser Wine for Wildlife from 6-9pm:

Update on Bartok!

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Bartok was angry today lol

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And hungry!
Unfortunately he had lost some weight, so I fed him and gave him some love 🙂

I also learned how to flight train him!
WCC has a flight room where I squatted in, held him about a foot above the ground, then slowly and gently force him to open his wings.
He would flap a couple times then sort of drop/glide to the ground lol We did that 5 times then he finally got to go back into the reparium to rest–with his friend!

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That’s right, Bartok has a friend now thanks to a different sub-permitter who only takes juvenile and adult bats.
As far as I know he doesn’t have a name (he’s another juvenile male), but he can feed himself and fly! He’s quiet and didn’t do much for me–he was probably scared–but he and Bartok seem to be doing well together 🙂

Goodbye Bartok!

When I first got him Bartok infant close up vs before he left:Bartok closeup

Bartok left us this week to learn how to feed himself and fly at WCC!

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And while I’m sad that I didn’t have the equipment to keep him until release, I am extremely excited that he is healthy, growing, and thriving!

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When I took him to WCC they had me set up his pre-flight cage and fill out intake paperwork.  He will most likely stay at WCC, however another sub-permittee has more equipment for bats and another juvenile–so hopefully Bartok will make a friend 🙂
Goodbye Bartok!

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Bartok: Week 6

Bartok has continued to grow and mature and therefore has been moved to a bigger cage.

When I first put him in the larger aquarium he started refusing to eat.  So I put his cage he is comfortable in inside the larger aquarium–and it worked!
He began to eat again and this morning I even found him outside of his little cage hanging out in the aquarium 🙂
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When bats mature they become more skittish and easily scared, so it is becoming even harder to get a good picture of him as he no longer tolerates being exposed well.  I have to keep him either in my hands or in a little towel cave I feed him out of.

He is still eating whole meal worms, anywhere from 20 to 30 a meal!

His fur has almost fully come in and is now a brown color close to what he should be once an adult.

My ridiculous expression is one of concentration lol

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Unfortunately I don’t have a pre-flight or flight cage yet due to the expense, so this is my last week with Bartok!
This Thursday I will be taking him back to WCC so he can learn to fly then be released!