Bats are universally adored for their distinctive features and their association with Halloween. From bats that humans keep as companions to those found in the wild, there is much to learn about these amazing creatures. Baby bats, in particular, have captivated people’s curious minds as they are so tiny, so helpless and so cute.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at baby bats and what makes them so irresistible. Also, we’ll explore some popular ways to observe them, and other things to consider when it comes to protecting their species.

Gestation and Birth

A bat’s gestation period can differ greatly depending on the species, but it ranges from 40-60 days. Female bats that hibernate over winter will become pregnant after they wake and emerge from hibernation when Spring arrives. But even if a bat wakes up to an artificial habitat created by humans, such as a bat house, reproduction will still be triggered by warmer temperatures and longer days.

During the pregnancy, female bats will fly more often than usual to meet their nutritional demands. In the wild, female bats will feed on insects and fruit, but if you provide them with a bat house, the species will usually accept their regular diet of mealworms, crickets and fruit.

When ready, the female bats will give birth to one, twin or triplet babies. And upon giving birth, the mothers usually remain with their babies for between a few hours to an entire day. During this period, the mothers will feed their babies and groom them before continuing with their long day.

Appearance and Growth

Although all species of baby bats have quite similar appearances, the size can vary drastically depending on the species. Usually, baby bats can range between 20-35mm size at birth. Infant little brown bats, for example, are approximately 20mm in size while baby flying fox bats can reach up to 35mm.

At the early developmental stages, their ears will be folded over, eyes closed and their body weight is so light they could be carried with ease. But once they open their eyes, their weight will dramatically increase and reach 1g by the second week. Also, their wings will start really developing by the second week and by the fourth week they will be able to start flying.

What can Baby bats eat?

When baby bats are born, their diet will consist exclusively on their mother’s milk. But when their teeth begin to emerge, which usually happens at around 4-5 weeks of age, they will begin to feed on solid food.

The type of food that can be included changes depending on the species, but generally baby bats love to eat mealworms, crickets, and fruit. Be sure to consult a local wildlife sanctuary or veterinarian regarding the appropriate food for the particular species found in your area.

Where are Baby Bats Found?

In the wild, baby bats are usually found in caves; these are their most common hiding places, although they can also be found in tree hollows, old buildings, and other man-made structures.

If you need to search for the presence of baby bats, always do so during the night, when the adults are feeding and the babies will be normally asleep.

Also, if you want to provide spring baby bats with a safe and warm environment, you can make a bat nursery. Bat nurseries are easy to make and they offer the safety needed to baby bats, as they are made to be as similar as possible to their natural environment.

Observing baby bats

When observing baby bats, it’s important to remember that you need to be extra careful. First, be sure to wear long pants and leather gloves when you handle them, as the mother bats might try to protect their babies by attacking the person trying to take them.

Second, be sure to wear a face mask to ensure that you don’t inhale any kinds of bacteria. Baby bats are considered very clean animals, but some of the species can carry diseases, so it’s always better to stay safe than sorry.

Lastly, you should always be looking for the mother bats to find out if the baby bat is still with its mother. If it is, it’s best to let the baby be with its mother in the wild, as it will be much more likely to survive if it has its natural support system.

It is also important to never leave any baby wild(if any are found abandoned) bat behind, as most will not survive for very long. Be sure to drive to a licensed wildlife rehabilitation center and document the exact time, location and situation surrounding the baby bat’s abandonment with a smartphone or camera.

Conservation and the Role of Bat Houses

Bats are an important part of our environment as they help control the insect population, pollinate flowers and disperse seeds. But due to human activities, such as destruction of woodlands, as well as successive changes in climate, these animal’s habitats are becoming more and more incapable of providing them with the protection they need to survive.

One way humans can provide protection to baby bats is by installing a bat house. Bat houses are made to create a warm and safe environment which can be easily accessed by bats, making it more likely that they could consider your property as a safe place to bear their baby bats can also be used to reinvent a healthy habitat for bats.

Apart from providing a safe refuge for the baby bats, preserving their natural habitats is also an essential step towards providing the success needed for their population to grow and thrive. You can actively contribute to this through activities such as planting trees, educating your community about bats, participating in clean-up events, supporting bat conservation policies, donating to bat charity funds, and more.

Baby bats are a fascinating subject and it’s clear to see why. Knowing about their biology, their diet, and different strategies for their conservation, is essential to ensure their survival and development.

When it comes to observing baby bats, it’s is important to always look for the mother and be careful while observing. Also, it’s very beneficial to build a suitable environment, such as a bat house, to provide them a safe and warm environment.

These are only some of the things that can be done to ensure the survival of these amazing species, but the conservation of the environment is key to the success of the population of these baby bats. So let’s do our part and make sure they are given the necessary environment to grow, thrive, and fly!