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This poor little thing has been on my porch for hours. He is breathing, eyes open, but not moving. I have read that paralysis is a sign of rabies in bats and that it is a likely cause if the bat is lying on the ground. Trying to get animal control in this town is like trying to get through to the president. You can never get them. I don't know what to do. I don't want to touch it because I don't know if it can move or not, if it is sick, injured, ............a baby. I tried contacting a state wildlife agency to ask advice, left a message.
Update, the animal control officer came that afternoon and when she went to put him in a container, he spread his winds and opened his mouth. I had no intention of killing it. I wouldn't have even called had it been hanging from the ceiling of my porch. My concern was that he was on the ground. It is rare for a bat to be rabid, 1 out of 1000, BUT, 1 out of 10 that are found on the ground are found to be rabid. It could have been sick with something else, injured, or just very young and not able to fly away. I like bats as long as they aren't in my house or on the floor of my porch. :)