30 November 2012
By KATHLEEN DONAGHEY
WEIGHING less than two grams, this bald wrinkly microbat is not about to save Gotham City.
But it may be a hero of the animal underworld, with its ability to blend with the shadows and catch insects mid-flight.
A colony of 18 Little broad-nosed bats were taken to Australia Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital on Wednesday after becoming homeless.
Vet Amber Gillett said they had been living in a hollow log on the Sunshine Coast which was either felled or had fallen over.
The five furry adults and 13 hairless babies together weighing only 36.5g were admitted for a check-up. Each was weighed on a miniature set of scales.
One baby was so new it was still attached to an umbilical cord and weighed barely a gram.
"They’re all going to be taken to a carer because they will all have to be fed (using the tip of a catheter)," Dr Gillett said.
"Some of the babies are not attaching to the mums."