Bat breaks record while traveling 1,200 miles from London to Russia – only to end up being eaten by a cat
There’s good news… and bad news: Bat breaks record as he travels 1,200 miles from London to Russia – only to end up being eaten by a cat
- Nathusius’ pipistrelle traveled 1,254 kilometers from London to western Russia
- She received a unique identification ring in 2016 at Bedfont Lakes Country Park
- Bat was found by Russian animal rescue group on July 30 after cat attack
A bat broke British records traveling more than 1,200 miles from London to Russia – then met a tragic end after being eaten by a cat.
Nathusius’s pipistrelle, which traveled 1,254 kilometers from London to western Russia, weighed a third of an ounce (8 g) and was the size of a human thumb when it left.
The bat, which was discovered in the small Russian village of Molgino, was initially given a unique identification ring in 2016 at Bedfont Lakes Country Park near Heathrow.
The bat was found by a Russian animal rescue group on July 30 after being injured by a cat
Its journey marks one of the longest migrations on record from the UK and is possibly one of the longest bat migrations ever undertaken in the world.
The bat was found by a Russian animal rescue group on July 30 after being injured by a cat.
She passed away shortly after. The group only discovered their record-breaking trip after finding a ring with “London Zoo” written on it.
Lisa Worledge, head of conservation services at the Bat Conservation Trust, said: “This is a remarkable and longest journey that we have ever seen of any bats in Britain across Europe. Projects initiated by citizen scientists have helped shed light on the migration pattern of these winged wonders.
She added, “Thanks to the hard work of volunteers and dedicated researchers, we are starting to understand the needs of this species and how to conserve them.”
Little is known about the migration patterns of Nathusius’ pipistrelle bats. Some are thought to migrate to Britain from Eastern or Western Europe for the winter.
The record for this bat is only surpassed by another in Europe – a Nathusius’ pipistrelle which migrated from Latvia to Spain in 2017 – a record of 1,382 miles.
The British bat was originally tagged in 2016 by bat logger Brian Briggs.
He said: “It’s very exciting. It’s great to be able to contribute to international conservation work to protect these amazing animals and learn more about their fascinating lives.
Experts in Russia and the UK are working together to better understand this remarkably long journey.
Nathusius’ pipistrelle made the 1,254 mile journey from London to western Russia
The range expansion of Nathusius’s Pipistrelle is linked to climate change, with future temperature changes expected to further affect the species. More data is essential to fully understand what the effects will be on these animals.
More than 2,600 Nathusius’s pipistrelles have been recorded in the UK since the launch of a national project in 2014. It aims to shed light on their reproductive, distribution and migration behaviors.
Colonies of the bat species are known in Kent, Northumberland, Surrey and Greater London.