Adorable Orphaned Bats Get a Second Chance at This Australian Clinic

By Abby Heugel


What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of bats? Maybe vampires or creepy beady-eyed things that fly around at night but, if that’s the case, you would be mistaken. They’re actually rather adorable.


Need proof? Here you go.


They’re even more adorable when you learn that these are orphaned baby bats that are being cared for at the Australian Bat Clinic & Wildlife Trauma Centre in eastern Australia’s Gold Coast Hinterland.


Founded by American-born Terry Wimberle, the clinic aims to help these flying mammals, which can sometimes end up orphaned or in need of immediate care after being plagued with mites, suffering in extreme heat, or having run-ins with barbed wire, among other terrible things.


Because the orphans lack the security of the winged embrace of their mother, the clinic swaddles them in baby blankets, which is the next best thing.


Bats in baby blankets? It couldn’t possibly get cuter than that…Or could it?