arry Genzlinger is up at 5 a.m. mixing the formula: one part goat’s
milk to one part Fox Valley formula. As he feeds one of the pups
tiny drops from a graduated syringe and talks about Izzy, one of
his first successfully rehabbed bats, it’s clear that Genzlinger is
passionate about the animals. It’s a passion shared by his wife,
Maureen, who goes by Mo. At any given time, the couple might
have dozens of bats in the cellar of their Milton, Vermont, home.
During the winter of 2014-15, the Genzlingers had 26 big brown bats
and one little brown under their care. After releasing the bats in the spring,
they hoped for a break before the year’s young started to arrive. Three
weeks later, their break was over. The cellar hibernaculum – a makeshift
cave providing a temperature gradient between 40 and 45 degrees – was
once again transformed into a weaning- and rearing-room where unfurred
pups weighing from 2. 1 to 5. 6 grams were housed in an incubator set
between 90 and 100 degrees.