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Ella/Chloe is back - by Toni Mitchell

On 24/09/10 a young female (alecto) Flying-fox was found hanging out near the back door of a residence on Brooking Cct, Virginia. Sam (rescuer) said that the bat was hanging on a broom (or similar) leaning against the house and took off flying when she saw another bat fly overhead. Unfortunately, she took a few flaps and hit the deck and then 'flapped' over the ground to Sam - he thought she had serious wing injuries.

Ulick Wong kindly assessed her and could find nothing obvious, except that perhaps she was carrying a wing slightly differently and was pretty friendly. Barb confirmed this when she dropped her off to my place so she was placed in an isolation cage to be monitored. Said flapper readily took to drinking from a mouse dripper and eating commercial fruit with Wombaroo High Protein Supplement, as well as Honey Eater mix from a separate dripper (pretty unusual for a wildie on the 1st night!). As she was so approachable and not at all nervous about my manipulating wings etc whilst checking her for damage, I was hopeful that she was a recent releasee from Marg's and that there wasn't anything sinister going on. She ate well and urinated normally during the next 2 nights but was incredibly thirsty - she drank heaps!

As this is the second group of microchipped flappers that have been released, I borrowed a microchip scanner from Litchfield Vets to check and bingo - got a read!! This girlie is Ella/Chloe who was released from Marg's on 14/09/10. She is in very good condition, so we know she has been feeding well for 10 days! She has a small circular hole in her wing membrane near her 5th finger, other than that (again) no obvious injuries.

So, why she got into trouble is anyone's guess, she may have gotten a bit flustered or tired avoiding a predator (owl, hawk etc - hence the minor membrane damage) or maybe she had flown quite a distance and didn't have the oomph to make it that little bit further to Marg's - who knows! The good news is that she picked the right human (Sam) to be rescued by; is in good condition and therefore feeding well 'out there'; and we were able to track her because of the chipping program. All in all, this is very interesting and exciting and is the first positive return for the chipping project - yeeeeeeeeha!!

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