Artificial rearing of the greater spear-nosed bat (Phyllostomus hastatus)
Published source details
Esbérard C.E.L., Motta A.G. & Gonçalves A.C. (2002) Recria artificial de falso-vampiro (Phyllostomus hastatus). Chiroptera Neotropical, 8, 152-155.
Published source details Esbérard C.E.L., Motta A.G. & Gonçalves A.C. (2002) Recria artificial de falso-vampiro (Phyllostomus hastatus). Chiroptera Neotropical, 8, 152-155.
This study is summarised as evidence for the following.
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Rehabilitate injured/orphaned bats to maintain wild bat populations
A study in 2001–2002 in a research centre in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Esberárd et al 2014) found that two hand-reared greater spear-nosed bats Phyllostomus hastatus survived over three months and reached normal body size for the species. Over approximately two months, the body weight of two hand-reared greater spear-nosed bats increased from 21–40 g to 86–97 g. After 60 days, both individuals had reached a body size normal for the species (forearm of 88 mm). Two abandoned greater spear-nosed bats with an estimated age of 15–20 days were taken into captivity in November 2001. Bats were initially fed 1–2 ml of commercial baby formula with a syringe every 2 h. The amount of food was increased by 1–2 ml/week. After the second month, the bats were fed an equal amount of baby formula and avocado for three days and thereafter a mix of fruit (75%), bird food (15%), dog food (5%), egg (2.5%), cow meat (5%) and honey (0.5%).
(Summarised by: Ricardo Rocha)