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Published on Mar 7, 2012
Tick paralysed female spectacled flying fox gives birth to a premmie pup at Tolga Bat Hospital in Atherton Queensland, Australia. Tick paralysis affects the mother (sometimes also the babies) - some survive if given the tick antitoxin in time. Most die leaving orphans. Tikki had been given the antitoxin the day before, but she was dying. I was going to euthanase her when she went into labour. She had difficulty delivering, so I assisted. I didn't know if the baby was going to survive or if she was too premature, but having one live bat out of this situation was better than having a dead mum with a dead baby. Tikkles survived and was released 5 months later. Tikki died about half an hour after the birth, after licking her baby all over and wrapping her in her wings and loving her.