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Saving Bats From The Cold

When a freezing cold front hit Houston, Texas last month, thousands of bats were left hypothermic. Bats hang from roosts along the bridges of the city, but the cold temperatures forced bats to lose their footing and fall. Mary Warwick, a wildlife rehabilitator, drove to the bridges and started pulling hundreds of bats into her car to warm up on the seats. She took 1,600 bats into her attic to warm them and give them fluids. There are eight species of bats in the Houston area, and Warwick separated them in crates by colony. As the bats stabilized and gained their strength, they were released back to the bridges, some staying behind to receive extra care. Thanks to Warwick’s kindness, thousands of bats were able to survive the icy crisis.

Image via Houston Humane Society

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