6:50AM Monday February 02, 2009
Source: Newstalk ZB
sourced from Newstalk ZB
I rang Newstalk ZB and was told that the matter had been referred to the Department of Conservation who were investigating the report. When I spoke to a representative of the Rotorua Department of Conservation he said that if the animals involved were bats, at this stage it would be like looking for a needle in a haystack.
The Bats are nocturnal and would not be echo locating and therefore hard to find with detectors.
They were however obliged to check it out.
New Zealand bats are realatively small and totally insectivorous, there are only two species of bat native to New Zealand, the third species that was here is now long extinct. The Short Tailed Bat - Mystacina tuberculata and Long Tailed Bat – Chalinolobus tuberculatus. Both are highly endangered and conservation efforts are currently in progress to try and save both species from extinction.
The bats weigh about 8-11 g and if these were bats I find it hard to conceive that they would do the damage to a human they are supposed to have done.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Wouldn't it be fantastic if it were the supposedly extinct species of bat....