Winter Wonders

Baturday News is a weekly blog written by Rachael, a high school student, bat advocate, and Save Lucy volunteer. Rachael’s interest in bats was sparked by the big brown bats that used the outside of her former home for a winter roost. Rachael has been writing the Baturday News for over three years.

A photograph of Freda the freetail peeking out from behind a patterned drape.
Did Freda see her shadow?

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve had a good week. Little Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow a few days ago, so we’re supposed to get 6 more weeks of winter. I don’t know about you, but I could use just one week of winter. We really haven’t had much of a winter here in the DC area. We haven’t had a single snow day!!! We had a little bit of snow Monday morning that caused a 2 hour delay, but we still had to go to school. I sure do hope we get some snow during these next 6 weeks! THERE IS STILL HOPE!!!

I have some very exciting news! Some of you may have already seen this on Facebook, but for those of you who haven’t, Save Lucy has another freetail bat! That’s right, little Freda is no longer alone! Little Federico is the first freetail to be found in the Washington metro area. He was rescued almost two weeks ago from a building near Dyke Marsh.

A ohoto of a Brazilian freetail at Save Lucy named Federico
Welcome Federico!

The poor little guy is acting like he has a head trauma. He has a badly bruised forehead and ears. He is getting a little better every day, but he still acts like he has a headache. He isn’t echolocating much, maybe because he head hurts so much, so Freda isn’t paying attention to him. Hopefully he’ll start feeling better soon and will start “talking.” I think it would be nice for him and Freda to be able to talk to each other. For right now, he is eating a special liquid diet and getting hydrating fluids. I hope little Feddy feels better soon!

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