Teams of illegal bats transport more than 500 miles from France to Hartlepool


The tiny 10 cm pipistrelle was discovered in the trunk of a red Vauxhall Grandland X at the Vauxhall Drive garage in Burn Road, Hartlepool, after starting its journey on the European continent.

RSPCA animal collection agent Shane Lynn – who previously worked at the dealership – was sent back to his former workplace to pick up the stowaway.

Filling in his puns on the superhero Batman, he said, “I must have been amazed when I got the call.

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The bat that traveled from France to Hartlepool in the back of a new car.

“The little pipistrelle bat seems to be a real joker and has traveled at least 800 km from his home in the trunk.

“The cheeky beast was clearly Robin ‘an elevator, although I don’t know if he planned to end up in the North East of England”

“The bat, about 10 cm wide, was found when the car arrived in the showroom and the staff were very scared.

“Fortunately, despite his adventure, he did not seem to be worse for wear. “

The Drive Vauxhall showroom at Burn Road, Hartlepool, where the bat completed its 550 mile journey from France.

Staff managed to keep the bat in a cardboard box and keep it safe until Mr. Lynn arrived.

The officer took the apparently sluggish bat to a local veterinarian for examination and reported the discovery last week to the Bat Conservation Trust.

He added, “When you’re working with animals, you never know exactly what’s going to happen next, and we get quick calls to help animals in strange situations, like this little furry cross-channel.

“But it’s always very rewarding to be able to help an animal in need and to make sure it is safe and healthy.

“This little one is now with a bat healer and will be released into the wild once he is strong enough and healthy.

“Pipistrelle bats are common in the UK, so we can release him here and he should join a local colony and do well.” “

The exact starting point of the bat in France remains to be revealed.

Contact the RSPCA emergency hotline on 0300 1234 999 for advice if you find an animal in distress.

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