Back from left, Pyper Axby, 12, Louise Axby-Hirst, Mia Axby, 11, Peter Hirst. Front, Karmen Hirst, seven, and Graham Street.
A RARE bat made a quick getaway after being released back into the wild.
As reported last week, the bat, thought to be just five months old, was nursed back to health by Graham Street, of the IW Bat Hospital, after it was discovered by a family at their Calbourne farmhouse.
Graham said the bat weighed 6.5 gms, about half what it should at this time of year but after four days of recuperation at the hospital, it was now a healthier 9.5 gms.
He said: "For the first couple of days, we hand fed him two or three times a day and then he started feeding himself."
The bat’s rescuers watched as he released it in the area where it was found.
After circling the garden, the bat made a beeline for the loft space, where Graham believes he was born.
He said the amount of bat droppings in the loft indicated it was a maternity roost, where his colony returned each year.
The colony had probably left for its hibernation site and the bat would either join the rest or hibernate in the loft, he added.
Louise Axby-Hirst said they felt privileged to share their home with the bats: "The children love it. Mia said it’s a great house to have, especially at Halloween. They are not bothering us."
l The IW Bat Hospital will feature on Ronnie’s Animal Crackers on BBC1 tonight (Friday), at 7.30pm.