Sandra, one of the members in our spiritual course, has had a spectacular success with homeopathic medicine and her flying foxes in a situation normally considered impossible and hopeless.
The damage to the wing membrane of a little red flying fox when it gets caught on barbed wire or fruit tree netting is life threatening and not always apparent straight away. What happens is the damage dies back , turns black, dries and disintegrates leaving a healthy edge but often leaving a big hole and little wing to fly with.
The best treatment so far has been to give a measured dose of aspro to thin the blood so it can make it’s way into the damaged area’s and prevent as bad die back along with antibiotics to prevent infection.
The healthy edge in a lot of cases scars and contracts, so the wing can’t stretch out to it’s full potential, which also prevents successful flight. As flying foxes need to fly long distances pollinating forests – if they can’t fly or if they are incapable of sustained flight they can’t be released and must be put to sleep.
Earlier in the course I rang Jenny as I wanted to know what to do when I couldn’t tell my horses Not Quite Right’s – as I already had Not Quite Rights from a couple of other issue’s. One of those issues was the six Little Red Flying Foxes that I had in care with most of them not looking like they would be released. (Which means euthanasia.)
I had released one of the six bats a week earlier and tried two others who failed their test flights. Things were looking grim especially as one had been in care since November.
Flying fox or bats are extremely misunderstood. They are very gentle and their level of trust is amazing when you connect with them. So it is very easy to get attached to them and you try your hardest to give them the gift of flight again.
Jenny (that amazing woman!) (me: errr… not really it’s just good training…) picked up that I was feeling their despair at not being able to fly. For my latest rescue bat, she worked out a homeopathic remedy for me to make, using a bit of died back wing membrane to stimulate growth of the wing membrane and see if we could stop the die back happening that was threatening their flying and their lives.
I also used the remedy on the other bats that I had in rescue for months, as I had nothing to lose really.
I had one bat that I was positive would never fly again, so instead of euthanasing her straight away, I kept her as company for the other bats, because bats love company.
After getting the remedy 6 times a day for 3 day’s and another week or two, the newest bat healed up with a minimal amount of die back which had taken place before administering the remedy. Whew! That was a major change from previous wing damage and membrane die back and a major win!
I gave him his test flight, which he passed brilliantly and was free – it’s a great feeling to see this.
So then I tried a flight test on my big fella. When I sent his photo’s to the rehab co-ordinator, she was doubtful about his future from the beginning, but he was the friendliest of them all and I was very fond of him.
Well he took off, dropped down, then gained altitude to fly the required distance. Wow.
The next girl took off with a heap of power even though her wing span was a little shorter one side. What a relief and amazement it was.
The other 3 I didn’t try that day as I was really thought they wouldn’t be able to fly and they would be company for the bat that I thought would have to go to the vet to be euthanased.
So another few weeks went by and time is running out as all the bats move from this area about now to follow the flowering.
So I found a day where I could take the bats who couldn’t fly to the vet to be euthanased, so I decided to do a flight test before I took them to the vet. I was in a bit of hurry to get to town as I don’t have a lot of time to spare (Sandra lives on an outback station in Queensland.)
So I got the first bat out and she flew – hurray!
Then I got the next bat out that had failed his previous test flight and well… he took off like a hot scolded cat!
This was getting to be like an all time miracle to me!
So I went for the last bat, the one who had to go to the vet to get euthanased, but I was thinking that I wouldn’t even try to fly her, to save stressing her …
and can you guess it?…
I thought that the one bat that was left was the one who it was completely impossible that he would ever fly again – but he was mistakenly the first bat I released and he was up there already flying around! He was already flying around! BIG MIRACLE!
So the last bat left was a female who had failed a test flight before – she also took off for freedom.
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU JENNY Now I have to get the rehab coordinator to try this miracle too.
Jenny: I knew homeopathic remedies were powerful enough to grow new bone 6 years after an accident, dissolve bone that shouldn’t be there (those are human stories), repair a snapped clean off shoulder bone in a bird (which is another thing that is supposed to be impossible), help a body to throw off golden staph or the hospital super bug – fast, and a thousand and one other stories (maybe only a slight exaggeration…)
But we had never tried anything like this on bats before.
All credit goes to Sandra for making the medicine and following through 6 times a day for however many days it was and her overall dedication and commitment to injured wildlife generally.