Endangered Hawaiian Hoary Bat admitted to HWC on August 17, 2019. This bat was hit by a wind turbine and because the staff at the site were proactive in their monitoring for downed/hit wildlife, the bat was discovered in time for it to be rescued and sent to our facility for care. This shows that not all wildlife encounters with wind turbines are automatically a fatality.
The patient had a fractured scapula, which was preventing it from flying. As its fracture healed, it started doing short flights and staff started physical therapy. It stayed in care at HWC for about two months before it was released on October 6. It was banded before release.