Every week we feature a business or individual who is going out of their way to help the environment and this week we are featuring a man who has saved over a thousand lives over the last 13 years. He's a superhero to the bat community and locally he's known as Batman.
"They've seen those horrible movies with the teenage girl running down the street in her daisy dukes screaming as the bats chase her. That never happens."
Bob Walton, also known as Batman, has his own bat rehab, and he's not only saving bats, but also educating others about their importance.
"Part of our effort is to educate people about bats. Not just save the bats, but also educates them so they have a better appreciate of the bats. We think it's one of these important things that's a gap in the care of wildlife."
After spending time working with a local bird rehab, Walton and his wife discovered the need for bat caregivers. They got connected with Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control and soon had their hands full.
"After that, Animal Control started calling and they said 'we've got another bat for you', so we got some big brown bats and it just snowballed."
Besides taking the bats into their home and rehabilitating them back to nature, the Walton's do about 25 programs every year going around to schools and nature groups to educate children and adults.
"They control the insect population, primarily which is important for us, because bugs bite us, harm us, give us diseases. People don't realize how lucky they are to have all the bats that we do have."
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