A Valentine reminder of what Wild Things Sanctuary wildlife heroes have achieved, lives they've saved, and dreams they dream!
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Sassy and her babies
Sassy and her two boys (to the right) and her adopted daughter on her back. They always hang together.

     Does everyone remember Sasparilla the Big Brown Bat who was found caught in a shutter? She had a horribly injured wing that took a long time to heal. With patience and a lot of care it did heal but she still had to wait out the winter months at Wild Things as a snowy upstate New York winter is no place to release a bat!

Sassy's injured wing gets soaked
Sassy's injured wing is soaked in warm water with antiseptic
     "Sassy" became a kind of "greeter" at Wild Things for all new arrival bats. Once incoming bat patients were quarantined for a period of time they were put together. Sassy would waste no time finding the new bat and hanging next to them and if any of the new arrivals still hadn't learned how to eat mealworms out of a dish, they soon caught on after watching Sassy climb into her dish of mealworms and devour her dinner.
Sassy helping others
Sassy helps  Northern Long Eared Bat adjust to life at Wild Things. To the right a newer bat grasps Sassy's foot in the mealworm dish.

     Last winter, just about this time, Sassy started spending a lot of time with a male bat. There were several individuals housed together, but these two were always found together. I know a lot of folks who say that one shouldn't and one cannot anthropomorphize about animal behavior...but all I can say is that Sassy and this male seemed to always spend time "hanging out" together, more than with other bats. They seemed to spend all of their time together.

Sassy and her companion hang together during the cold winter months
Sassy hangs closely with her male companion during the cold winter months.

     A few months later, during a check up, Sassy appeared to have a big lump in her stomach....hmmmm....but she was behaving normally and eating well....could it be that she was pregnant??

     Sure enough, shortly after, Sassy gave birth to twin boys! She was such a good mother, carrying one baby under each wing where they stayed clamped on her nursing nonstop for the first few days of life. Sas looked like an American football player with padded shoulders!

Sassy's boys
Sassy's twin boys, about a week old.

Sassy and baby
Sassy allows a almost full grown baby nuzzle under her wing.

     Slowly she started leaving the babies hanging on their own while she went and foraged for mealworms. About this time, an orphan baby girl Big Brown Bat arrived at Wild Things and Sassy wasted no time adopting her and showing her how to eat mealworms out of a dish!

     Sassy teaches all of us that we can all, human or animal, reach out to one another and make everyone's lives a little bit better by sharing companionship!

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     Did you know that scientists have shown that female bats in particular form enduring "friendship networks," long-term relationships that last for many years amidst constantly changing social environments? Individuals prefer certain companions over the years and chose their "friends" independent of their companions' size, age, reproductive status or relatedness.

     Older female bats (up to twenty years of age) appear to play a special role in the cohesion of friendship groups and of the large colony group. These females ensure the exchange between the groups and they always took their daughters and granddaughters with them when they joined another formation.

     Within colonies, member bats probably exchange information about suitable roosts, possibly making flexible group decisions where to communally roost next. They will also groom each other and keep warm with communal roosting, hanging close to one another. Without forming these closely tied groups individuals would not do well, and possibly might not even survive. Click here for more information
     Judging from how Sassy's teeth are worn down, she is probably an older female. Though these studies were not conducted on Big Brown Bats, perhaps Sas has a whole network of bat buddies out there who she helps keep together. Watching her behavior at Wild Things, this wouldn't surprise me at all!
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A Gray Jay enjoys a banquet of seed
Valentine Wildlife Tip

Love Wild Things? Why not hang a Valentine bird feeder up for your feathered friends?

They will undoubtedly appreciate extra goodies during this cold time of year!

Try seed feeders and suet feeders to get a mix of different species.

For ideas, click here to watch "FeederWatchCam" by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The Gray Jay in the picture above stopped for a nice pose during a snack!
Help the bats!
A Book to Help Sassy & Other Bats
Written by Wildlife Rehabilitator and bat expert, Linda Bowen, Tabitha's Tale is the story of Tabitha, a big brown bat who, along with her friends, loses her home to development.

As the bats try to find a new home, they encounter a man that does not understand bats and so evicts them from his home. As he starts to learn the truth about bats, he sets out to bring the bats back to his proper

With colorful, eye-catching illustrations, the children in your life will enjoy and cheer for Tabitha and her friends while learning valuable information about bats.

Click here to purchase.

To learn more about Ms Bowen's reh
abilitation work, click here.

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Mission Statement
Wild Things Sanctuary (WTS) is dedicated to helping native wildlife through rescuing and rehabilitating debilitated and orphaned/displaced animals until they are ready for release back into the wild. Eventually, WTS is also aiming to provide a sanctuary for non-releasable native animals.

WTS is also committed to improving the well-being of wildlife through public education; focusing on how humans can safely and peacefully coexist with native wildlife, and on wildlife’s importance to man and the environment.
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Sassy trapped in a shutter
Sassy's Rescue

This is a picture of how Sasparilla was found.

Stuck in a shutter for over a day she had sustained bad injuries to her wing. Lots of time at Wild Things enabled her to heal...and make a difference to other patients along the way!

This is a good reminder to all of us to make repairs to our homes to prevent injuries to wildlife and unwelcome visit from wild things.
Bat Houses
Bat Houses

Want to provide a safe place for bats to live? Why not install a bat house on your property. Give bats a home and receive free insect control!

Click here for info, suggestions and where to buy on Bat Houses.
Manual for Rehabbing Bats in the face of WNS
Changes to Bat Rehabilitation due to White Nose Syndrome

Because of White Nose Syndrome we are no longer able to put bats together while they are in rehabilitation except under certain special circumstances.

If you are a rehabilitator working with bats, click here for a copy of the manual on how to rehab bats in the face of White Nose Syndrome.
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