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Ramsbury Primary School pupils save Australian orphaned fruit bats

Evie, Class 2, Ramsbury Primary with her fruit bat wrapEvie, Class 2, Ramsbury Primary with her fruit bat wrapPupils at Ramsbury Primary School are helping Australian orphaned fruit bat pups to survive by making special fabric wraps which mimic the safety of their mothers. 

The children learned about the bushfire devastation in Australia after the aunt of a Year 5 pupil contacted her family to raise awareness of the crisis.  Thousands of flying foxes, also known as fruit bats, are being injured or stressed in the heat, drought and fires, overwhelming wildlife carers.  In December, 23,000 spectacled flying foxes, about a third of the species’ population in Australia, died in North Queensland.

The special ‘mumma wraps’ which will help save the baby fruit bats are straightforward to make following a pattern.  The children at Ramsbury are planning to make and send as many wraps as possible to Australia to help save orphaned fruit bats. 

Annabelle in Class 5 said, “I think making bat-wraps is really good because it helps the baby fruit bats get better.  I think the bat wraps will help the baby bats feel safe and comforted.”

Luke, also in Class 5, added, “The bat-wraps are just like the bat’s mother because they copy a mother cradling the baby bat with its wings.”

Bats are a species that are near and dear to the hearts of Ramsbury children as the school has nearby resident colonies of two protected species of British bats, which are often seen flying at dusk in the summertime.

 

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