These are the final heartbreaking moments of a gentle flying fox bat after it was rescued from the barbed wire fence by a horrified wildlife fan.
Raychle Peach, 48, from Singleton, New South Wales, Australia, found the trapped flying mammal stretched out on barbs that had torn its body to pieces.
Amazingly, the bat was still alive and now Raychle’s tender nursing for the final minutes of its life has been viewed on TikTok by nearly 45 million people.
In one video it becomes clear to Raychle that the bat it just too seriously injured to survive and she can be heard sobbing as she says her final farewells.
Raychle, who is licensed with a group called Wildlife Aid, told Newsflash: “I received a call from the wildlife rescue hotline and left work. I am vaccinated and trained to do bats.
“When I arrived, I thought he was already dead. Miraculously he was just hanging on.”
But she soon realised the creature was tragically beyond saving.
She explained: “It took me 20 minutes to untangle him. You have to spray water on the membrane so it becomes pliable before attempting to remove it as it is dried out and impossible to get the bat off without causing further damage.
“I got him into car and all I had was PowerAde, which is an electrolyte drink for people, so I gave him some.
“When I got him home, I checked his injuries. One wing was only attached by his forearm and the membrane was completely gone.
“The other wing membrane was too damaged to ever heal and he was blinded in one eye.
“The palette of his mouth completely caved in from the barbs piercing through as he struggled to free himself.
“I observed this when giving him something to eat and opening his mouth. His knee cap bone was exposed, and he had deep lacerations over his leg areas.
“Sadly, he had been exposed to the sun for too long. His little internal organs started to shut down and he died in my arms.
“I will never forget the look in his eyes. He broke my heart because he wanted to live so much, but his body couldn’t take it.
“I named him Falkor. He was a grey-headed flying fox.”
In a series of videos, Raychle can been seen feeding the bat with a syrings and a water bottle cap while it’s wrapped in a towel.
As she tends it, the bat seems to look lovingly up at her.
In one caption in the video, she wrote: “You are here to be the one who has been called to help.
“To make their crossing over into the next realm not so scary and not so alone.”
Another second video of her caring for the bat has been viewed 1.2 million times.
The grey-headed flying fox is the largest bat in Australia.
Raychle told Newsflash: “I’ve adored all animals since I was a child. Especially the ones most people turn away from. However, I began wildlife rescue because I suffer from cPTSD [complex post-traumatic stress disorder] and needed to help others because I felt I couldn’t help myself. Little did I know that by helping animals I was actually healing myself.
“I want to share compassion and empathy with the world. To show people that every species needs kindness, that we as a single person can make a difference.
“Joining your local wildlife group is an excellent way to start helping the animals in your areas. You can help in many ways.
“The most vital part of wildlife rescue is the Hotline. Answering the phones and getting rescuers in to save the animals is so important.
“You can be trained to do rescues, rehabilitation in all species, and release of any species that you chose.
“If you see an animal injured or abandoned – stop and help. Get them to the closest vet or contact your local wildlife rescue group.
“If you can’t assist physically, ring your local wildlife group and they will come and help.”
Raychle told Newsflash: “Barbed wire is deadly to all our wildlife, and it is invisible at night.
“Our bats, owls, gliders, and possums are nocturnal so they are constantly suffering from this fencing. Our Kangaroos, wallabies, eagles, pelicans, to name just a few, also become entangled and trapped by the barbs.
“The more the animals struggle, the worse they become with injuries. It’s a slow and horrific death sometimes taking several days.
“Even when we save them, the damage is beyond repair.”
She added: “I believe that if we can change our perspective on all animals, it can make all of the difference. We help those that we can and we should help those that we can’t. No animal deserves to suffer. Compassion and empathy can change our world. Kindness will bring us all together.”