A photograph of a Brazilian freetail bat, names Nog, who is in rehab at Save Lucy.
A new Virginia species arrives! This is Nog, a Brazilian Freetail. These bats are popping up in Virginia recently. Photo by L. Sturges for The Save Lucy Campaign

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week! Save Lucy has been getting lots of new bats. There have been a few interesting ones.

There is a new Brazilian Free-tailed bat! Remember little Freda and Freddy? Now there is Nog. Nog is adorable and he is named after the nice Ferengi on Star Trek:  Deep Space Nine. With his big ears and his adorable face wrinkles, he’s a perfect little Nog.

There is a sweet female Big Brown bat. She spent the winter with Save Lucy and is now very healthy. She is healthy enough to be released soon, except she had babies! Now she’ll be staying with Save Lucy until her little pups are strong enough to fly.

Another bat now being cared for at Save Lucy is a Northern Long-eared bat. This is exciting because the Northern Long-eared bat is listed as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act. These bats have been affected by White Nose Syndrome.

A photograph of the face of a northern long ear bat in rehab at Save Lucy. Photo by L. Sturges
This little sprite is a Northern Long Ear bat from Lexington, VA. She weighs a whopping 6.5 grams! Photo by L. Sturges

Northern Long-eared bats are adorable! They have dark brown fur all over, with light brown fur on their stomachs. Their most visible feature, of course, are their giant ears. These bats love to eat moths, flies, beetles, leaf hoppers, and caddisflies. One interesting thing about these bats is that they have different winter and summer roosts. During the winter, Northern Long-eared bats take shelter in caves and mines. They like to stay hidden, so the cracks and crevasse are perfect for them to slip into. During the summer, they nest in a similar position under bark, in trees, and sometimes even in old barns and sheds. These furry critters live all throughout East and Central US, and into parts of Canada. If you’d like to read more about Northern Long-eared bats, you can find information here.

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