The photo is of Joey refusing to wake up.
Before release, I always give my rescues a drink and a little feed to set them up for their new venture. Joey was so snoozy, but eventually he stirred and ate.
We eventually found the spot and I clambered over a fence into the beautiful meadow. The sun was going down and joy of joys… I saw a pip flying above me. Joey sat in my gloved hand for a little while and then excitedly took off …the two bats flew up to one another and the first bat said: ‘wow… good to see you, where have you been all this time?’ Joey replied: ‘You wouldn’t believe it…I was nearly stood on by a horse; I was put in a bucket and managed to escape but a man caught me in his big hands. I was hurting and couldn’t fly, so I’ve been taking it easy. Nice weather isn’t it?’
I then heard a couple of feeding buzzes before they both flew up high and away above the trees together. 🙂
An excellent release, I couldn’t have wished for better for him, plus we heard more bats on our way back to the car. Stay safe sweet Joey.