File this under “cutest thing we've ever seen.” These orphaned baby bats, swaddled in cozy blankets and fed milk in baby bottles, are the incredibly adorable residents of the Australian Bat Clinic & Wildlife Trauma Centre in eastern Australia's Gold Coast Hinterland. Volunteers and employees at the clinic work tirelessly to care for sick, injured, and orphaned bats whose mothers have died, as well as other wildlife in need of assistance.
Baby bats, called “pups,” are wrapped snugly in blankets to mimic the warm embrace of a mother's wings. These young bat pups love to be held, and are frequently photographed clinging tightly to teddy bears or their keepers' hands. The fuzzy mammals are bottle-fed milk until they're older, when they transition to eating fruits and insects.
The Australian Bat Clinic is always looking for donations and volunteers to help care for their gentle, adorable baby bats, so feel free to check out their website for more info.