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Two bats have been found dead, and one injured, after getting stuck on fly-paper inside an attic.
Fly-paper, an adhesive device coated with a sweet fragrance that traps flies and other flying insects when they land on it, is often dubbed as a ‘killing device’.
‘Don’t use fly-paper’
Bat conservation worker, Martyn Cooke, uploaded pictures of the injured bats stuck to fly-paper onto Twitter. He wrote: “Very upsetting. Three gorgeous bats rescued today having been found stuck on fly-paper. One dead, the other two very weak. This stuff should be banned in [the] UK. Please share to spread the word. Don’t use fly-paper.”
Cooke tweeted the next day: “Update on our rescued Bats found yesterday stuck to fly-paper in a house attic. One bat was dead when I arrived. Sadly a second bat died a few hours after being freed from the trap. Thankfully [the] third bat survived the night and is now eating.”
‘It’s completely inhumane’
In response, one person tweeted: “How sad. I struggle to understand why we can buy glue traps in this country. It’s completely inhumane.”
Whilst another said: “They suffer, starve and eventually die from dehydration the poor things. Horrible way to go.”