A Day in the Life: Bat Caretaker Pt. 3

The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.
– Julia Child

I weighed the bats today to ensure they are all self-feeding properly. The Silver-Haired Bat (SHB) is at her maximum weight (14 grams) and maintaining it well. Big Brown Bat (BBB) #2 is also now at his maximum weight (24 grams) and has maintained it for the past few weeks.
Big Brown Bat (BBB) #1 however has earned a new nickname: ButterBall!   Weighing in at a hefty 30 grams, he is officially 6 grams over weight!

Now, 6 grams may not seem like much to we comparatively massive humans, but to an itty-bitty bat, it’s huge!  It officially takes him out of the heavy-weight rank, and puts him squarely into the unflattering category of obese.

My challenge now is to figure out how, with all the bats in a common flight room and with the same access to the same dish of food, to ensure BBB#1 eats less while still ensuring the others get enough to eat. It’s crucial that I get his weight down because he could, literally, become too fat to fly.  And, not to add any pressure to myself but their release date is rapidly approaching.   Oy vey!  The trials and tribulations of a bat-mom.

For now, here’s a picture of the BBBs snuggling in their bat house.

big brown bats

(BBB#1 – AKA: Butterball – is the sleepy fellow on the right.)

By the way, as a point of interest, that little hook thingy you see in the middle is BBB#2s thumb!  What you see at the end of their little arms there is their wrists.  The hook-like thing is the thumb, and the rest of the wing membrane is spread between their fingers.  (See image below)  Isn’t that cool!?!

Bat anatomy

BBB#1 and I are off to a Weight Watchers meeting now!  I’ll let you know how it goes.

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