PERTH Zoo staff went batty when one of the tiny winged creatures landed in their care this week.
The baby native bat was found on a Claremont footpath on Wednesday and handed into the zoo by Native Animal Rescue officers.
Weighing only 2.35g, or the weight of a five cent coin, the insect-eating bat was given regular feeds of special “bat milk” through the tiniest teat available and kept in a climate and humidity controlled box.
The creature was passed on to a bat specialist at Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre on Thursday, where it is now being cared for.
Perth Zoo spokeswoman Debbie Read said members of the public who find injured, sick or orphaned bats should not touch them with bare hands, as they may carry Australian Bat Lyssavirus, and should call Wildcare on 9474 9055.