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Re: Bats "problem" (or not) in KTP accomodation ?

Unread postby Tony T » Fri May 03, 2013 11:14 pm

No bats in the accommodation at Uri tented. We were there 4 nights, leaving on the Friday a week ago.
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Re: Bats "problem" (or not) in KTP accomodation ?

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sat May 04, 2013 3:08 pm

Sounds like Oumie HAS scared them off. :shock:
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Re: Bats "problem" (or not) in KTP accomodation ?

Unread postby barbarasa » Sat May 18, 2013 10:41 pm

I've read this discussion of bats and I must admit - now, please don't laugh at me, but I am feeling a bit scared about the bats! Where I live, bats are associated with rabies. If there is the slighted chance that you've been bitten by a bat, you must go through the rather painful series of anti-rabies shots.

What is the situation with bats and rabies there? I'm thinking that there isn't a problem, because no one has mentioned it, but I would really appreciate some reassurance.

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Re: Bats "problem" (or not) in KTP accomodation ?

Unread postby anne-marie » Sun May 19, 2013 6:44 am

why laughing at you
nobody is the same, and everybody can have a scare... or several

you are right about the rabies, it's a terrific disease :? and we must prevent ourself
I don't know about rabies in SA, Kgalagadi and other parks, but my polyclinic tell me to don't touch any animal/bird alive or not

for the "chance" or not to be bitten by bats, I think the risk is very weak, they are so afraid by us (that should say, they are without rabies)
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Unread postby Bushbuddies » Mon May 20, 2013 1:08 pm

barbarasa - that is true for SA as well! Although it is not the most common trasmission of rabies in South Africa - they can transmit rabies. Where one usually needs to have a history of a bite or break in the skin with other animals, ANY contact with a bat should be treated as possible exposure. As anne-marie said, one should avoid any physical contact with them. Luckily - bats tend to avoid physical contact with humans as well! :wink:
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Re: Bats "problem" (or not) in KTP accomodation ?

Unread postby NetEk » Mon May 20, 2013 2:47 pm

Please note I'm no expert but isn't rabies a "mammal" thing..... the bats in SA aren't vampires they eat insects ..... so not sure how they get rabies to give it to humans? Then wouldn't it be just a dangarous getting it from Mozzies that actually feed on other mammals?

We had Bats in the bathroom at Mapungubwe I just put off the inside light opened the door and left the outside light on and out they flew after a few minutes. We actually saw Fruit bats there 2 summers in a row now they are the cuties with little doglike faces. Did I mention the one had a baby...... I'll go and look for the pic's.
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Re: Bats "problem" (or not) in KTP accomodation ?

Unread postby anne-marie » Mon May 20, 2013 4:02 pm

Bats are mammals
and the only mammal able to fly :wink:
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Re: Bats "problem" (or not) in KTP accomodation ?

Unread postby NetEk » Tue May 21, 2013 7:31 am

anne-marie wrote:Bats are mammals
and the only mammal able to fly :wink:


Yes I know. but how will they get the rabies if not from prey....
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Unread postby anne-marie » Tue May 21, 2013 5:26 pm

sorry NetEk if I can't understood your question :redface:
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Re: Bats "problem" (or not) in KTP accomodation ?

Unread postby NetEk » Wed May 22, 2013 4:00 pm

anne-marie wrote:sorry NetEk if I can't understood your question :redface:


No problem :redface: I didn't ask it clearly either, I'll forgive you :k

I still don't know how do Bats get Rabies to give it to humans in SA?

Any Batty experts around?
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Unread postby tusk » Wed May 22, 2013 11:21 pm

Jonkers
You said bats were not a problem in the winter months. Is May still a problem?

Any info on the river front units in MM? How bad is Nossob and 2R for bats? Any particular units that are better. Have nothing against them, my husband is partial to them and has picked up a few in KNP but not something I particularly to have in our chalet. Last visit to Olifants one pooped on my daughter in law's head. That did not go down too well.

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Re: Bats "problem" (or not) in KTP accomodation ?

Unread postby Jonkers » Thu May 23, 2013 10:47 am

I visited the park end May, June, July, August and early September the last years and bat and I did not meet ;)

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Re: Bats "problem" (or not) in KTP accomodation ?

Unread postby NetEk » Wed May 29, 2013 3:05 pm

The promised pic of a Fruit bat we saw at Mapungubwe.

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Re: Bats "problem" (or not) in KTP accomodation ?

Unread postby anne-marie » Thu May 30, 2013 7:25 am

nice :clap:
thank you :D
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Re: Bats "problem" (or not) in KTP accomodation ?

Unread postby Bushbuddies » Wed Jun 05, 2013 6:15 pm

NetEk wrote:I still don't know how do Bats get Rabies to give it to humans in SA?

Any Batty experts around?


The main vectors for rabies in SA remain domestic dogs. The yellow mongoose and bat-eared fox - also found in KTP are also vectors in SA (and bat-eared foxes are also insect-eaters...). Bats are not common vectors in SA - that is true. Their counterparts in the Americas are much more famous for that. The problem is more that bats are extremely "contagious" if one can put it that way. Minor exposure may lead to rabies. Even though it is not common here - I will still treat all bats with caution. They could carry other viruses too. I'm no bat-expert. More of a medical point of view... :wink:
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