This little bat is extremely lucky after getting trapped in a glue trap. The small pipistrelle bat had flown into some flypaper and was left covered in the sticky residue. Unable to move, the trapped animal was discovered by volunteers with RSPCA in West Hatch, England.
Surprisingly, this wasn’t the first time the staff had found a bat in such a sticky situation. Despite being covered in residue, the bat first needed to be given fluids to keep from dying from dehydration. The next step was to get all the glue off of the tiny animal’s body.
With the help of gentle soap and warm water, the glue was slowly cleaned off the bat’s body. While you might think the animal would of struggled during the bath, this bat seemed to enjoy every minute of his relaxing bath.
The pipistrelle bat stayed at RSPCA’s facility for a bit until the staff could make sure that the accident did not leave the animal with any lasting damage or injury. Glue traps and flypaper can be very dangerous to animals, like these bats. In fact, the Humane Society has denounced these types of traps to be inhumane and asks people to use alternatives to catch small insects.
Fortunately, in this bat’s case he was completely unharmed and his flying ability were not affected. After a few days, he was released back into the wild to enjoy a life of healthy freedom.
The RSPCA says they have helped hundreds of other bats. Some of them have gotten stuck in traps, while others were abandoned, attacked by wild animals or fallen from their nests. Each bat gets the same level of care. Once they are completely healed, the center releases them safely back into the wild.
You can learn more about the RSPCA and their mission of saving animals on their website, rspca.org.uk.