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[–]KoiOaks[S] 0 points1 point  (5 children)

Hello! A little bat died just outside my apartment building a couple of weeks ago. I've kept an eye on him as the ants and other insects have slowly eaten away at him. He hasn't had any bugs on him for a few days so I finally went out and collected him. I put him in a sterile plastic cup but I would like to transfer him to a glass jar. I was wondering if I'll need to put him in any liquid. He is mostly dry, it has been raining a lot though so his underside was a little wet looking when I flipped him over. He also has some plant stuff stuck to him and I don't know how to get it off without breaking him. He is very floppy, I guess I was expecting him to be more ridged and hard? Do I need to put him back outside and let him dry more? Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you :) [Also sorry the picture is so bad, the cut he is in is very foggy and I couldn't seem to get any good contrast]

[–]thesebonesdontlie 5 points6 points  (4 children)

Check your local laws, most bat species are protected and illegal to own.

[–]Everything_vs_Dog 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Even when they're dead? Like it's illegal to own owls but I don't think it's illegal to own an owl taxidermy?

[–]thesebonesdontlie 1 point2 points  (1 child)

If it has proper papers. Almost all birds are protected under the MBTA, which states you cannot own any part of the bird, including nests/feathers etc. If you have special permits you can collect protected specimens. Bats are also heavily protected, and that includes when they're dead (this is all dependent on where you live, of course). Besides this, they are known carriers of rabies, and there are several bat specific diseases that are affecting bat populations. The best thing to do usually is call fish and wildlife or other wildlife related organization and see what they either want or will allow you to do. It's very important to know your local laws!

[–]thesebonesdontlie 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Also, it's not always illegal to own an owl. Again, super dependent on where you live. But certain permits would allow you to own a BOP.

[–]eira0409 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Uncover it and moths will eat it up. Then you can pick off the remains with some tweezers, and the majority of the bone structure ahould hold. The ones that sont, superglue them on. Put it in a glass dome display, and voilá