How to Tell if a Charlottesville Bat is Sick or Just Acting

To a common person, it is easy to overlook the fact that Charlottesville bats get sick. One may mistake a sick bat for a healthy one. Bats, like other mammals, can be infected and portray symptoms of a disease. You may be asking yourself, what are the symptoms of a sick bat? Well, it depends with the type of disease it has caught.

White Nose

A Virginia bat infected with the white nose syndrome will normally have a white layer of growth on its muzzle. This layer of growth is a notorious fungus known to cause the deaths of most bats. However, not all bats have a white nose during the early stages of WNS

Bats found outdoors

A bat's natural instinct is to hibernate during the day. If you see a bat outside during day-time then that is a sure sign that the bat is not well.

Lack of appetite

Animals normally become unable to ingest food by themselves when they are sick. This is common among bats and renders them weak and unable to perform many biological functions.

Inability to fly

Just like all animals, a sick Virginia bat will be unable to rapidly move its muscles due to sickness. A bat may become weak due to loss of appetite. This will render it unable to fly even on the emergence of a threat.

Overly aggressive

Rabid Charlottesville animals, including bats are overly aggressive. A bat with aggressive tendencies is a crucial sign to alert you from contacting them.

Other signs and symptoms of a sick bat include;

  • Appearing disoriented or confused
  • Blank or glazed-over eyes
  • Lethargy

  • Most of these symptoms are can be depicted even on non-sick bats. Therefore, you should handle all bats with caution regardless if they have the symptoms or not.

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