A grey long-eared bat.
A BAT conservation charity on the Isle of Wight has appealed for help after a dangerously underweight rare bat was taken to a vets.
The young grey long-eared bat was taken to Pet Doctors in Newport on Sunday, where staff contacted the Isle of Wight Bat Hospital.
Graham Street, of the Isle of Wight Bat Hospital, said the bat weighed approximately 6.5gms, about half what it should at this time of year. The bat is thought to have been born in May or June.
The plight of grey long-eared bats was brought to light earlier this year when a report was released by the Bat Conservation Trust, which revealed there were just 1,000 left in the UK.
According to the report, the Isle of Wight was one of the few remaining places in the UK where they could still be found.
Mr Street said it was essential they found out more about where this bat had been found, in order to give it the best chance of survival once it had recovered and could be released.
"It needs to go back to the area where it was found, close to its colony. It would have no chance of survival if it was just released anywhere."
He appealed for the people who had found the bat to get in touch to help identify the location where it should be released.
The Isle of Wight Bat Hospital can be contacted on (01983) 406756 or 07771 605952.
*Mr Street said they had today (Tuesday) been contacted by the family who had found the bat, which would be released once it reached a healthy weight.
The bat was found at a house in the Calbourne area and could be returned later this month, according to Mr Street.