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Eagle-eyed photographer Lynne Newton rescues trapped bat

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: September 01, 2014

  • Murdoch the pipistrelle bat got his wings caught on a sharp plant and was being parched by the midday sun when he was discovered

  • Murdoch was found caught in Shapwick Health nature reserve

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A tiny bat has been nursed back to health after he was discovered hours from death stuck to a thistle.

Murdoch the pipistrelle bat got his paper-thin wings caught on the sharp plant and was being parched by the midday sun when he was found by photographer Lynne Newton.

She was unable to free him without damaging his delicate wings so she cut the stem from the plant and took him a nearby wildlife rescue centre.

Staff carefully removed the spiky plant and rehydrated the bat – who weighed just four grammes – and after a four-day stay he was ready to be released.

Mrs Newton said: "I have photographed wildlife for years but this is the first time I have ever been so close to a bat. I didn't realise how tiny they are and to be able to release it back into the wild was just amazing."

Little Murdoch was found caught on the plant in the Shapwick Health nature reserve at Ashcott, Somerset.

Mrs Newton took him to the Secret World rescue centre in nearby East Huntspill where worker Debbie O'Keefe said: "He was really stuck."

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