A digitally enhanced pic of a cute little guy who's happy to see you.
Aw, look at that face!
Oh wow! How did you come across this little sweetheart? I love the smile! Bats have such fantastic faces, there is really nothing else in the mammal kingdom that quite compares. And I just love the way they sit balanced on their wrist joints like that.
Gorgeous little fella, no? He was being cared for at a wildlife centre. A lot of them are waking up a bit early with nothing to eat and little fat stored, so it's a good thing these people are willing to take bats in along with their usual species more and more. Bats are often the sad pariah of the mammal world when they're in desperate need, but thankfully, the word is getting out on how to care for them!
Yes a lot of them seem to be getting hit with White Nose Syndrome and that seems to be waking them up. I suppose it could also be uneven fluctuation in the weather too? I saw a bee last week which worried me because this week has been reaching incredibly low temperatures which surely killed whatever insects off and so I am sure it has often been the case for the bats as well. I do so want to work in a wildlife sancutary one day, I would love to be able to care for bats.
They don't seem to be going in with signs of WNS at all. Big Browns aren't as highly affected as Myotises, it seems, I guess because they're a far sturdier species than some Myotises, like the Little Brown. Likely, it's from having their hibernation disturbed by people, where this guy was, like an old building, as there aren't any caves near there. Honestly, though, the weather's been a bit off this year, not as bad as over a decade ago, but definitely enough to wake up a few sleepers. As for your area's weird weather, not sure where that is, but if insects are hatching and freezing, I don't doubt that a hibernaculum of bats somewhere woke up to a nasty surprise... Hibernation's a double-edge sword.
Aw, so cute!