It’s baby season for San Antonio bat colonies. Here’s what to do if you find one on the ground.

Bats often found grounded from bird attacks

Red bats
Red bats (Bat World Sanctuary)

SAN ANTONIO – It’s baby season for red bats in San Antonio and that means you might come across a bat on the ground.

According to Bat World Sanctuary, a nonprofit wildlife sanctuary, red bats roost in trees and are sometimes attacked by birds.

When that happens “a red bat mom will gather all of her babies up at once to try to fly them to safety, but the combined weight of her babies is too heavy so they all end up grounded,” according to a Facebook post from the sanctuary. Mother bats can sometimes be seen spreading their wings to protect the pups.

It's baby season! This time of year red bat moms and their babies are often found grounded from bird attacks. These bats...

Posted by Bat World Sanctuary on Thursday, May 7, 2020

For anyone that sees an injured bat, you should leave the animal on the ground and contact the sanctuary at 940-325-3404. “We have rescuers across the U.S. and will do our best to help,” an official wrote on the sanctuary’s Facebook page.

The sanctuary was called to rescue six bats in Texas last week, according to the rescue log.

The number of rescues the sanctuary makes in Texas is expected to climb over the summer based on last year’s data.

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Mary Claire Patton has been a journalist with KSAT 12 since 2015. She has reported on several high-profile stories during her career at KSAT and specializes in trending news and things to do around Texas and San Antonio.