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Tiny Bat Flies Into A Glue Trap, So Rescuers Rush To Give Him A Bubble Bath

by Laura Caseley
Laura is a writer, illustrator, and artist living in New York City.

Everyone gets stressed sometimes and just needs to relax. If you’ve ever been stressed out (and who hasn’t been?), maybe, like many people, you find comfort in a nice, soothing soak in the tub with some bubbles.

For most of us, it’s a great way to unwind after a long day and recharge for the next one.

But for one tiny creature, a bubble bath was life-saving.

A pipistrelle bat, a type of small bat, had flown into some flypaper and was covered from ear to wing in sticky glue, and he could hardly move. Luckily, the kind people at the RSPCA in West Hatch, England, knew just what to do, and how to make sure this little bat got through his ordeal.

Some people might think of bats as creepy, but really, they’re animals just like any other, and while they get associated with spooky things, they’re actually really cute!

If you need convincing, check out these tiny cotton ball bats that live in Honduras.

See how this tiny bat got the help he desperately needed in the form of a life-saving bubble bath below, and be careful where you put your flypaper!

[H/T: The Dodo]

This tiny bat had flown into some flypaper and was absolutely covered in glue. He could barely move, and certainly couldn’t fly.

Luckily, the RSPCA center in West Hatch, England, knew what to do. The center specifically deals with wildlife, and has rescued a number of bats before.

Before the bath, the dehydrated bat was given some fluids to drink.

Then it was bath time!

Using liquid soap and warm water, the glue was gently scrubbed off of the bat’s fur and skin.

Wild animals usually find this kind of thing stressful, but the RSPCA staff said that this bat took it all in stride, and was probably happy to have the sticky gunk removed.

And after the bath, he was back to his fluffy, flying self. He looks much happier.

He stayed at the center for a little while to get his strength back, and to make sure his ability to fly hadn’t taken any permanent damage.

This is hardly the first bat at the center. Many of them come in after flying into things, like our gluey bat, or after being attacked by cats.

And the center takes care of each one of them.

Other times, the center picks up baby bats who have fallen from their roosts or have been separated from their mothers. The bats are nursed and raised by the staff, who release them back into the wild where possible.

They see many different kinds of bats, too. This teddy-bear-looking bat is a brown long-eared bat. She stayed at the center to regain her strength, and was then released back out into the wild.

Glue traps and flypaper are meant to snag bothersome insects, but they often end up catching other creatures, like bats, and many times lead to the creatures’ deaths.

The U.S. Humane Society has denounced these traps as cruel, and urges people not to use them. Luckily for our bat, someone spotted him and he was saved just in time.

Learn more about the amazing wildlife served by the RSPCA on their website and Facebook page, and consider donating. And be sure to SHARE this little bat’s story and warn others of the dangers of glue traps!