What do I do if I find an injured or baby flying-fox or microbat?
Firstly, please do not handle the animal unless you are vaccinated against the Australian Bat Lyssavirus.
Any bat encountered during the day, either close to or on the ground needs assistance.
Less than 0.7% of bats in Australia may have AUSTRALIAN BAT LYSSAVIRUS (ABLV).
Just remember, there IS NO RISK if YOU DO NOT TOUCH!
To contract the virus, you must have been bitten or scratched by an infected animal. Please remember that if you do not touch the flying-fox or microbat that there is no risk. Any wild animal that is injured or trapped will be scared and therefore more likely to bite.
If you are bitten or scratched, wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water for at least 5 minutes. Contact your local doctor or emergency department immediately. If you are bitten or scratched, this means that the animal must be euthanised, so please, for the sake of both yourself and the bat, do not touch.
A large range of fact sheets can be located here Australian Bat Society's Bat Fact Packs
About Bats - Australasian Bat Society
Other Educational Resources
Why the Grey-headed Flying-fox is listed as a threatened species - Office of Environment & Heritage