Situated in rainforest in tropical Far North Queensland, Tolga Bat Hospital cares for up to 500 orphaned baby flying foxes each year and it will definitely restore your faith in humanity. According to their website, they "started in a very small way in 1990, responding to a story in the local paper. Hundreds of young Spectacled flying foxes had been orphaned by tick paralysis. We took two and the adventure began…". Visit Tolga Bat Hospital's website here (they run tours) and like them on Facebook.
The bats come into care through the hospital's rescue, rehabilitation and release programs
Up to a thousand bats are cared for each year, and many are eventually released, fit and healthy, back into the wild. Their main patients are endangered spectacled flying foxes afflicted or orphaned by tick paralysis and little red flying foxes entangled in barbed wire. they also care for little bats – the insect-eating microbats and small fruit and nectar bats. Some residents are in long-term care because they can't survive in the wild or have been retired from zoos.
Tolga Bat Hospital volunteers love their work! And why wouldn't you when you get to haul around a tray of INSANELY CUTE miniature flying foxes all day?
Volunteers are needed all year but especially during tick paralysis season when hundreds of adults and orphans come into care. These are the months from October to February. The hospital runs a yearly volunteer program of 4 to 8 full-time people, as well as their dedicated group of local part-time volunteers.
Check out these cute orphaned baby all wrapped up in blankets
Like human babies, their days consist of eating, sleeping and occasional baths
So next time you're in Australia, you can stop by their visitor center and enjoy some great moment of cuteness!