Maternity Bat Colonies:
After the mating season for bats is over, pregnant females will form a maternity colony. A maternity colony usually will have around 40 pregnant female bats, who will abandon their initial colony and join together to form a new group. This group of females will occupy a new space and form their colony. They will seek places that are safe, warm and dark to bring their babies into the world. Each female bat will give birth to a one single pup, which will double the size of the maternity colony. In these colonies the mothers will nurture their pups until they are ready to fly and live on their own.
A maternity colony is a safe place for female bats to support each during the period of the pregnancy and taking care of their babies. They will keep each other warm by huddling against one another and give birth at approximately the same time. Mother bats need this form of privacy in order to provide protection to their newborns, as they are small, and vulnerable. At the beginning, mothers will not leave their babies side, and they will feed them and keep them warm. Since bats are mammals, pups will nurse from their mother as their primary source of food. As the babies grow stronger, mother bats will start to fly out of the roost and hunt, leaving their babies alone.
Bat maternity colonies are protected by law, because of the significant role that bats play in controlling the number of insects and pests within the ecosystems. This means that disturbing, removal or killing bats or pups from the maternity colonies is punishable by law. If a maternity colony of bats inhabits a home, which they sometimes do, owners are usually left with one choice, and that is to tolerate the colony during the summer, as they will eventually relocate.
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