Lil' Drac:  An orphaned short-tailed fruit bat

Lil' Drac was rescued after a zoo closed and his mother abandoned him. He was hand-raised by Bat World Sanctuary volunteers. He nursed his formula through tiny foam tips that he liked to hold in his mouth at all times.

His tinny face gently washed after each meal, just like mom would have done.

It was soon discovered that Lil' Drac liked to rock himself after being fed. Within a few weeks he was ready for solid food- banana in warm goats milk... This was his first introduction to solid food. And even though he was growing up...he still liked to rock.

After a few weeks, Lil' Drac was introduced to a 55' long flight cage where he would eventually live with other bats of his own kind.He stayed in a netted basket while inside the flight cage, so he could get to know the other bats while feeling safe and remaining protected.

Lil' Drac received nightly practice flights, and grew stronger with each session.

After Lil' Drac was flying well enough, the netting of the basket was lifted, and he was allowed to fly in and out at will.

Lil' Drac was eventually moved into the flight cage to live with his bat friends as nature intended.

And even though he is all grown up...he still rocks.

Bats are clean, gentle and intelligent, they are vital to the ecosystem, and they enhance out lives in many ways. Fruit and nectar bats bring us approximately 450 commercial products and over 80 different medicines through seed dispersal and pollination. Up to 98% of all rainforest regrowth comes from seeds that have been spread by fruit bats. Insect-eating bats are literal vacuum cleaners of the night skies, eating millions upon millions of harmful bugs. They protect us by eating insect-pests that destroy crops as well as insects that cause human disease.

Bat World Sanctuary is on the front line in ending the abuse and destruction of bats.

Responses to "The touching story of Lil’ Drac, an orphaned short-tailed fruit bat (Video)"

  1. He is such a heroic hero...pint sized but still so courageous. Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

  2. What a sweet video - good luck, Lil' Drac!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Nature as it's intended, NATURE How Blessed we are to to able to appreciate it in All its Wonder.

    Lovely Post Jenn !!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I want one of those little guys! He's prescious.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Keep publishing your videos! Maybe this generation of kids will see them and be inspired to save what nature and wildlife we have left!

  6. Sabine says:

    What a wonderful story, thanks for sharing!

  7. pilvikki says:

    i love watching bats at dusk! eat up guys, eat up!

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