Every year, Geeks of Doom adopts a bat for Halloween and this year, we sponsored Boo2, an Egyptian fruit bat who was born at Bat World Sanctuary after his mother and older siblings were rescued from horrible conditions at a zoo. Boo2’s mom was pregnant with him when she was rescued and he was born a few months later.
The photos above are of Boo2 enjoying a Halloween treat – some pumpkin!
In honor of Halloween, consider Adopting A Bat from Bat World Sanctuary. There are several available for sponsorship, each with their own personalities and individual stories of triumph over adversity!
Read more about Boo2 on his profile page, which talks about how the bat always has an endearing, goofy grin on his face and knows how to position himself in order to get lots of melon treats from his keepers.
If you sponsor a bat, you will get a personalized adoption certificate; a matted 5″ x 7″ glossy photograph of your bat; your batâ€™s personal story; a graphic representing the size of your bat; the natural history of the species; a beautiful bookmark and a bat rescue card; a â€œCool Stuff to Make You Smarterâ€ myths and facts card; a one-year membership to Bat World Sanctuary that includes a seasonal magazine.
[Left: Boo2 waiting for another melon treat while Peekaboo finishes hers; Right: Peekaboo and Boo2 playing twinsies while enjoying a honeydew treat. Photos courtesy of Bat World Sanctuary.]
There are several great bat charities to support. For instance, at Organization for Bat Conservation, you can sponsor a vampire bat for Halloween.
These organizations rescue and release rehabilitated bats; those who cannot be released back into the wild get a home and a new lease on life. Aside from their rescue and sanctuary operations, these non-profit organizations seek to educate, conserve, and research, as bats are currently in danger of White-Nose Syndrome, a “fungus that is estimated to have killed over a million hibernating bat species in more than 15 states and 2 Canadian provinces.” (Not only does this endanger bat species, but affects North American agriculture, as bats eat the pest insects that cause damage to crops, which in turn reduces the need to add pesticides to the crops.)
Happy Halloween, everyone, and remember the little creatures!
Follow me on Twitter.