At our April bat box check Robert discovered that one of the white-striped freetail bats in the boxes had an injured tail tip. Upon scanning him we discovered it was 4419197, who had been captured and microchipped for the first time during the previous check.
Once we were back at the visitor centre we put him aside in a separate bag for a rest. Steve then took him out to the vets at Healesville for treatment. We’re happy to report that the operation went well, and 4419197 is now recovered, albeit with a slightly shorter tail than when he was born.
Steve took him back to the Organ Pipes and popped him back in box C43 where we found him, with a couple of shiny black ants for company. He was pretty alert.
The entrance to the box was blocked with a tea towel for 15 minutes so he could settle in and wasn’t tempted to fly away.