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RSPCA caring for incredibly rare bat

Believed to be a grey long-eared bat, this fascinating, tiny mammal was rescued by the RSPCA after being found on the ground in Somerset.

Named Merri, she was taken to the RSPCA’s West Hatch Wildlife Centre, in Taunton, where bat expert India Long has been looking after her.

Ping-pong sized

India says: “When Merri came in she was in a bad way and had an injured foot. She’s about the size of a ping pong ball and weighs only 5g, which is about 2g less than she should.”

India – a bat carer and wildlife assistant – has been caring for the tiny creature around the clock, at first giving fluids every two hours and now feeding her three times a day to slowly build up her strength.

Once-in-a-lifetime chance

It’s a lot of work, but India is very excited to have a grey long-eared bat in her care!

“They’re one of the rarest bats in England and among the rarest mammals,” she says. “I feel so lucky to be looking after one.

“There isn’t much known about grey long-eared bats and there’s thought to be only around 1,000 of them in the UK.”

Watch out for more about Merri in a few days!

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