PLEASE DO NOT HANDLE ANY BATS. CONTACT US SO THAT WE CAN HELP THEM.
If you see or find a Flying-fox (dead or alive), please promptly contact the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources on Phone: 8336 0926 or Email: FlyingFoxWatch@sa.gov.au, the Adelaide Zoo’s Animal Health Centre on Phone: 8230 1274 or Fauna Rescue of SA Inc. on Phone: 8289 0896.
ABLV (Australian Bat Lyssavirus) is a very rare rabies-associated virus and some Australian bats can be infected. There have been only 3 confirmed human cases of Australian Bat Lyssavirus within the past 17 years. Therefore, it is very important to never handle bats – leave this to the vaccinated Bat Carers.
Australian Bat Lyssavirus Fact Sheet: Australasian Bat Society
Hendra Virus Fact Sheet: Australasian Bat Society
What to do if you find a bat …
Phone Us For Advice
We can help you assess whether the bat actually needs rescuing or not.
If the bat does not need rescuing, we can advise you of the steps to allow for the safe return of the bat, back to the night skies!
PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO GIVE ANY FLUIDS OR FOOD TO THE BAT.
THE BAT MAY BE IN SHOCK AND OFFERING FLUIDS OR FOOD COULD BE FATAL TO THE BAT.
What to do if you are bitten or scratched by a bat …
- Clean The Bite Site
Wash the area IMMEDIATELY with soap and water for at least five minutes.
DO NOT SCRUB THE WOUND.
- Use Antiseptic
Apply Betadine (Povidone-Iodine) or any antiseptic solution to the area and contact your GP or seek other medical attention IMMEDIATELY as the Rabies Vaccine needs to be commenced/administered on the day the bite occurred.
- Make Contact
Contact the Department of Health – Communicable Diseases Branch on Telephone: 1300 232 272.
- More Information
Further information can be accessed at Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, SA Health, and the Australasian Bat Society
Quick Bat Fact
The most commonly ‘rescued’ bats are the Gould’s Wattled Bat, the Lesser Long-eared Bat, the Southern Freetail Bat, the Chocolate Wattled Bat.
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