This animal hospital has gone batty. The Tolga Bat Hospital in Atherton, Australia, takes in about 300 baby bats whose mothers died from tick paralysis or are too ill to feed their cubs, the Daily Mail reported on Thursday. That's where the hospital comes in; wrapping the pups in colorful blankets and feeding them with little bottles. The infant bats aren't healthy enough to return to the wild and must be nursed and cared for first at the hospital. Tolga also doubles as a bat sanctuary for critters that have left zoos, Bored Panda reported.
Workers bathe the bats in a bathroom sink and comb their fur. Some of the animals come from hundreds of miles away and are in need of emergency care.
Tolga Bat Hospital opened its doors in 1990, the same year tick paralysis was discovered in Atherton. In 2002, they became a not-for-profit company and became listed on the Register of Environmental Organizations in 2007. Today, the hospital boats a visitor’s center, a 2-story building, ample downstairs storage space and a share human and bat area upstairs, according to the organization's website.
Ticks need specific weather to survive, and to thrive in dry and humid climates, they feed on bats and other warm-blooded creatures.