Table 4

Reported practices of respondents upon seeing a sick or injured bat
All respondents Previously handled bats Have not handled bats Reported hearing a warning about bats Reported hearing message “Not to handle bats”
% (n/821) % (n/127) % (n/694) % (n/345) % (n/121)
Handle bat Handle and take to the vet/animal welfare organization 17.1 140 17.3 22 17.0 118 15.1 52 16.4 19
Handle and take home to care 3.3 27 5.5 7 2.9 20 3.5 12 1.7 2
Release it 2.2 18 5.5 7 1.6 11 2.9 10 2.6 3
Cover it with a towel or net 2.1 17 3.2 4 1.9 13 2.3 8 3.5 4
Put it in a box 1.3 11 2.4 3 1.2 8 0.9 3 1.7 2
Euthanize up close: involves touching bat 0.9 7 2.4 3 0.6 4 1.5 5 0.9 1
Not handle bat Phone an animal welfare organisation 54.9 451 49.6 63 55.9 388 55.1 190 56.0 65
Ignore it/leave it alone 15.7 129 9.5 12 16.9 117 19.1 66 20.7 24
Euthanize at distance: no touching 5.4 44 15.0 19 36.0 25 8.4 29 11.2 13

Percentages can sum to greater than 100% as respondents were allowed multiple responses.

Paterson et al.

Paterson et al. BMC Public Health 2014 14:58   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-58

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