Gould's Wattled Bat
Adult Female, Face & Wing
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Mammals (Mammalia)|
|Family:||Vesper Bat (Vespertilionidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Gould's Wattled Bat (Chalinolobus gouldii)|
|This Photo:||🔍Adult Female, ventral🔎|
Thank you Michael Pennay for confirming and Jakob Fahr for helping with the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Nose to tail, she was ~80mm long.
We were dismayed to find this poor bat trapped behind a plastic cupboard in our annex. Since then we have sealed everything up better and stopped this from ever happening again. Very dehydrated and suffering from the heat we put gloves on and managed to get it out without injury. There's a short video here showing Marie giving it a drink. We then put it on the roof of our car to cool down (in the shade) and a few minutes later it flew off looking refreshed.
You must never handle bats as they can carry a lethal (to humans) virus; Australian bat lyssavirus (ABLV).