On Wednesday(4-5-2016) while going for my early morning “Cycling /Free Hand Exercises” to Worli Seaface in Mumbai spotted this tiny fruit bat lying on the lobby just outside our building lift. I was just in time to rescue it before our building cat “Champa” was about to devour it as a breakfast snack.Brought the tiny bat home and kept it on my garden balcony Bonsai tree.Seems to be either sick or injured.It is now resting in my balcony and hope it flies off tonight. A few large “Flying Foxes” live on the large banyan tree of our building which also has squirrels and koels. Old Prabhadevi is a well forested locality despite skyscraper buildings.Once before decades ago in the 1990’s a fruit bat had stayed into our flat and i had caught and later released it.Any suggestions on how to care for it.I had left it on
my bonsai tree with the 2 cats, “Matahari” and “Matata” totally unaware of its presence.What is the name of this bat species ? Later realized it was a “Common Fruit bat”.
A few photo’s of the tiny bat and my own selfie with it.The next day on Thursday it was still in my balcony garden not “Taking Off” to the skies akin to “Kingfisher Airlines”, the latest business fiasco in Indian economic history named after the Kingfisher bird, Went to the Vet Dr Shivani Tandel(Avian Specialist) who was out on leave and hence came back home and did some consultation on the Internet.
Thanks to “Facebook” that this bat was the topic of a heated rescue debate and finally Mrs Gayatri.Sarang , a bat specialist gave me advice on the “Internet” on method of feeding this tiny fruit bat.In this video i am feeding the bat “Alphonso Mango Pulp” after it has been rooted to this bonsai tree for the last 30 hrs .Thanks to advice from Mrs Gayatri Sarang.
The fruit bat was finally collected from my house at 1615 hrs on Thursday by Mrs Gayatri.Sarang’s driver for further treatment at her residence..It was a miracle of destiny that i came across this helpless tiny creature on Wednesday morning and hope it recovers and survives under specialist care.Bats are associated with a lot of superstition in Western Culture and most people are scared of them after the terrible “Blood sucker” tag attached to a species of the bats known as “Blood sucker bats”.Rocker “Meat Loaf” produced a hit rock album titled “Bat out of hell” and once Hard metal rocker Ozzie Osborne bit the head of a bat during a live rock performance.
Akin to “Black Cats” its bats also that fascinate and scare the human race.In Mumbai and many city’s bat colonies are disappearing due to rapid habitat destruction and my locality in Old Prabhadevi is one of the few localities still having a small colony of migratory bats.This tiny fruit bat is travelling places besides creating awareness on bat care and conservation.and hope it finally gets wings and flies a free bird.Tragically and bizarrely the bat was rescued but the “Bonsai” tree on which i had kept it broke mysteriously in the night.
It was a emotional loss as this tree stood in my gallery for 18 years and it was as if a member of my house had expired akin to the death of late Alexandrine Parakeet “Mittoo”.I had nick-named this tree “The Leaning Tower of Pisa” as it had grown crooked, tilting dangerously at a acute angle. Took a chance of converting it into a “BONSAI” rather then throwing away the barren stump. I cut of the entire tree trunk of this tall Bonsai tree which is now a excellent strong wooden baton that can be used for self-defence. I cut the tree just approximately 5 inches from the base of the pot hoping it would grow into a “ACCIDENTAL BONSAI TREE “.
After 3 months in July 2016 a green shoot sprang out from the side of the barren tree stump and a little later another tiny shoot from the opposite side of the stump.I have posted photographs of the development and growth of this tiny tree .The rebirth of this tree has fascinated my enthusiasm for “BONSAI”..The Sea shell with the money-plant is “Interior Green Decor””. I had become a “ACCIDENTAL BONSAI” aficionado after receiving a tiny Banyan tree shoot as a “Diwali Gift” from “I.C.I.C.I” bank (Mumbai).Without any knowledge on “BONSAI” this Banyan tree has blossomed into a beautiful miniature Banyan specimen with my own “Mineral recipe formula”.Sadly this Banyan Bonsai tree expired after a year and since then i have the two original Bonsai’s in my galley.One is the “ACCIDENTAL FRUIT BAT BONSAI TREE” and the other a tiny sapling imported from Maputo in Mozambique in 1988 and now almost touching the balcony ceiling. :- Seafarer/Blogger/Traveller Rudolph.A.Furtado..