Bats Frank and Coco grow accustomed to stardom
From the Capricorn Coast Mirror
CENTIMETRE for centimetre, Frank the microbat may be the most popular animal ever to appear on electronic media.
A white-striped, free-tailed bat measuring just 6cm in length, Frank had a meteoric rise after one of the more remarkable rescues in Wildlife Rockhampton's short history.
Frank's amazing story began when the group - which cares for sick and injured wildlife in the Livingstone Shire and Rockhampton areas - took him into care after he was lucky enough to be dropped by a passing crow right at the feet of one of the group's carers.
On Monday of last week, Wildlife Rockhampton decided to post a Facebook video of the little fellow eating mealworm.
Within a week, that video had reached 296,960 people, has 11,942 "likes", 4374 comments and 3185 shares. Wildlife Rockhampton's own Facebook "likes" have risen from 850 to 2597 over the same period.
One comment, from Rockhampton, said: "How cute! And how nice was the crow to drop him off somewhere safe!"
Another comment, from a musician in London, said: "I like this little devil, he eats like my drummer".
A group spokesperson said many people in Australia were unaware how important microbats are to the environment.
"Here in Australia, they help keep the mosquitos and insect population to a minimum, allowing us to better enjoy our outdoor lifestyle," the spokesperson said.
COCO was retrieved from a fence, where she had been hanging by herself for several days. She was thin but, surprisingly, still alive.
Coco has proved to be a fighter and took to her first small bottle of milk like a champion.
As of this week, Coco has reached 164,480 people, has 15,678 "likes", 2273 comments and 2648 shares.
For animal rescues, contact Wildlife Rockhampton on 0429 GO WILD (0429 469 453).