We’ve gone batty for these cute pictures, which show tiny abandoned baby bats wrapped up in blankets, being fed from bottles.
Swathed in spotted and striped blankets, the fruit bats are being cared for at the Tolga Bat Hospital in Atherton, Australia.
About 300 bat pups are orphaned every year because their mother is ill and can’t feed them or has died from tick paralysis.
Normally we associate bats with being blood-thirsty, but all these cute critters want to drink is some bottled milk.
These furry creatures are too injured to return to the wild and need to be nursed back to health.
Pictured at the hospital, the black flying animals can be seen sucking on bottles, while they are swaddled in colourful blankets.
The bats can also be seen bathing in the bathroom sink and even having their hair combed by workers at the hospital.
The Tolga Bat Hospital is a community group working for the conservation of bats and their natural habitat.
The volunteers care for bats who have come from hundreds of kilometres away in need for urgent care. And they also take in bats for sanctuary after they have been retired from zoos.
Volunteers at the hospital spend their time caring for the bats, nursing them back to health and then release them back into the wild when they are ready.
According to the Tolga Bat Hospital’s website: ‘caring for sick or young animals is like caring for sick or young humans, many tasks are very repetitive but your love and respect for the animals will make it very rewarding.’
Tick paralysis is killing hundreds of flying foxes in Australia each year.