COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- The strong storms overnight disturbed baby bats that nested near Naples.
The Conservancy of Southwest Florida was busy last night, nursing the animals that fell from their nests. More than 500 of the bats were returned to the trees this afternoon, with the help of a landscape company.
The director of the Conservancy's wildlife hospital said they work so hard to save the bats because they're important to our environment.
"Maybe people like all the pesticides and chemicals they put on our lawns and spray and get rid of mosquitoes and things, but when you have natural insecticides out there, they're doing their part every single night and eating all those flying insects every single one of us hates," said Joanna Fitzgerald, director of the wildlife hospital.
The Conservancy usually only does this kind of rescue once a summer, but since it's only July and the weather continues to be severe, workers said this will likely happen again.
(In the photo, bats are seen nursing formula from a makeup sponge at The Conservancy of SWFL.)