August 2009 – July 4, 2013

It has been said that bats are the realization of the Fairy of the Wood, keeper of the caves, custodians to the secrets of the night. And so it was on a hot August night in 2009, like a heavenly angel descending through the darkened sky, came Ethereal. One of the rarest bats in the entire world, a completely white (albino) micro bat, seen approximately once every 7-10 years by those involved in the world of bats.

Ethereal was found seeking refuge at Bat World’s wild sanctuary, scampering and slipping as she tried to make her way across a beam. She was very thin, under-nourished and in poor condition. She was quickly recovered from the beam and brought into the hospital at Bat World. She was only a juvenile, petite and gentle; not yet full grown, but her sweet personality was already distinctive.

Albino bats are easy prey for predatory birds and other nocturnal creatures. Because there was an owl perched near the wild sanctuary, Ethereal was an effortless target. We decided to take her into protective care so she could live her life without fear of predators.

Ethereal, poking her head out of a bat hut looking for a meal worm treat (which she always received).

Albinos are often not as long lived as other mammals as they can be predisposed to health problems. Ethereal passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly on July 4th, 2013 from pneumonia, likely brought on by albinism immunodeficiency as her condition did not respond to treatment. She passed away not quite reaching 4 years of age.

Goodbye precious Ethereal, our sweet little Fairy of the Wood. There will never be another soul like yours, and you will be forever missed.

33 thoughts on “Ethereal”

  1. Poor sweet babe. I’m glad she got such a loving life from you all. This made me cry, no one likes to see someone or something go so soon.

  2. What a beautiful little bat ! You were truely blessed to have been in her presence for so long. Nocturnal Fairy of the Forest, in deed !

  3. Fly free, precious little white wonder. I gazed at you and saw Creator’s gift, just like the white buffalo calf….may you delight so many at the Bridge for your spirit energy has been cast far and wide. To those who cared for little Ethereal, please know you are in my thoughts and prayers as you grieve.

  4. fly free in heaven sweet beautiful girl, thank you for making her time here safe and loved. sweet little nocturnal fairy of the Forest, she is safe now in a better world.

  5. My heart sits heavy after reading the news of Ethereal. What a beautiful and enchanting bat. Like many diseases I hope a cure can found. The world lost a little soul and Ethereal will be greatly missed.

  6. This news brought tears to my eyes. I’ve watched Ethereal’s progress since the first time I saw her at TBWS. I send my deepest condolences to all volunteers,owners,and the bats a TBWS. Ethereal was so beautiful.

  7. So sad to hear of Ethereal’s passing! I “adopted” Ethereal about a year ago. I will treasure the picture I have of her!

  8. So sad to read this. Death is so final and hard to accept. I pray God blesses everyone of the wonderfull people at Bat World.

  9. Such a beautiful creature. So sad that she is gone. RIP little Ethereal. Rest easy sweet one. You will be missed.

  10. Just introduced to the world of bats. So sorry about the death of this one but she would have had no life if you hadn’t taken her in. Keep up the good work.

  11. My daughter and I were very sad to read of her passing. We check regularly for news and updates of the little ones in your care. Being in elementary school yet, she has made it one of her goals to make sure that she shares the information she gets from your site with her classmates and teachers. She said that she has to make sure that others learn what wonderful creatures they really are and that they need protecting.

    Though Ethereal lived a short life at least it was mostly one that was full of love and she could live with out fear from predators. She was aptly named as she was a heavenly creature.

  12. Fly free, little one, know that you are forever in the hearts and minds of those whose lives you touched. The fay winds you now grace, are more beautiful for your presence. Light and blessings to you little one. Candles will be lit in your memory.

  13. Aww, So sorry to hear, but what a wonderful four years she had with you guys, that she never would have gotten in the Wild! Thank you so much for taking care of her and the rest…RIP Sweet girl! 🙁

  14. I read about Ethereal in the national geographic kids tiger in trouble book his favorite food was peaches.

  15. I read about Ethereal in a National Geographic book. She is such an angle!!! RIP Ethereal I miss you! ❤️

  16. I also read about her if she was still alive I would give her some peaches . she was an angel. May god bless her in heaven.

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