Goodbye Sweet Statler

April 28, 1987 ~ July 25, 2021

It is with our deepest sorrow that we announce that our sweet Statler has passed away at the age of 34 years old.

The bat that took over the internet, the world, and most importantly… our hearts. Many of you are no stranger to our Statler boy and his story. The Dodo created a heartwarming video on Statler in January of 2020 that went viral. Images and videos of his adorable face spread across the globe. News stations, newspapers, magazines, and large social media platforms started reaching out to us, wanting more information on this spectacular 34 year old bat who had retired to Bat World Sanctuary in 2018. He changed the hearts and minds of people all over the world, and was deeply loved by so many. We are thankful to have the time we did with Statler, and will be forever grateful that he was able to live out his final years in luxury, being spoiled, and fiercely loved.

Statler passed in the arms of his beloved caretaker, Moriah, while napping in the morning sun. He will be laid to rest next to roost mate Chessie and old friend Walter on the Sanctuary property. We love you, Statler. Thank you for the years you gave us, and the trust you put in us..