What are some of the symptoms of a sick bat?

Harrisburg bats have increasingly been finding their way into residential areas in search of constant food supply. These animals can however be such a nuisance in homes and cause a lot of damage to property. In addition, bats are known to carry diseases that they can pass on to human beings too. This is especially possible if a person gets in contact with a sick bat and is bitten or they get in contact with bat droppings, urine or saliva. Rabies is one of the most common diseases that a human being can get from a sick bat.

Difficulty in flying is one of the symptoms that can point to a sick Pennsylvania bat. It may not be obvious to the naked eye but Harrisburg bats fly in particular patters just like birds. A sick bat will however have trouble focusing and moving in the regular motions and will experience difficulty in keeping track of movements. This most of the times causes them to have accidents and get injuries in the process. This difficulty in flying can also lead to complete inability to fly, especially back into hiding.

Another symptom that can be presented by a sick bat includes increased aggression. This is because the animal experiences a lot of discomfort and irritability that drives it to be on edge constantly, waiting to jump into attack mode at any given time. This is usually the opposite of healthy bats that will tend to hide away from people and quietly fly into hiding when they sense the presence of people.

Disorientation is yet another symptom of a sick bat. Bats, being nocturnal animals, tend to sleep more during the day and hunt in the night. A sick bat will have a difficult time keeping track of whether it is daytime or night time. A disoriented bat will also fly around in a careless manner, knocking into objects and even people while normally they fly without the slightest hitch. Moreover, a disoriented bat will stare in one place for a period of time while unconscious of its surroundings.

A shaking immobile bat is also an obviously sick bat. These animals are flight animals and will take any opportunity to fly away but if you come across a bat lying on the ground, alive but shaking and not making any effort to fly away then that is a bat that is definitely sick and needs to be handled with a lot of care. This also applies to a bat that cannot fly for a long time without getting tired and needing to re-energize before continuing it’s flight.

Any bat that is spotted exhibiting any of these symptoms is possibly a sick bat and should not be handled with bare hands. Whether they are alive or dead the proper precautionary measures should be taken in order to ensure that they do not spread disease to human beings. Calling in the wildlife handling professionals would be the best course of action to take in such cases because they would know how best to handle the situation appropriately.

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