Niall, 11, flies to the rescue of stricken bat

Niall Pryce found a bat in Bury town centre!

Niall Pryce found a bat in Bury town centre!

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AN 11-YEAR-OLD boy flew to the rescue of a bat which he found struggling in broad daylight in a town centre.

Niall Pryce, of Norton, helped to scoop the female brown long-eared bat into a box after his mum Teresa spotted her on the pavement near McDonald’s, in Bury St Edmunds.

Niall Pryce found a bat in Bury town centre!

Niall Pryce found a bat in Bury town centre!

They took her home, gave her water and called the Bat Conservation Trust, which advised them to keep her warm and hydrated.

A volunteer bat carer collected the animal from their home and she was due to be released back into the wild on Wednesday night.

Mrs Pryce said: “When I saw her, she looked like she was struggling.

“I was a bit dubious about picking her up but Niall popped into McDonald’s, who provided a box, cup and serviettes.

“A member of the public helped us put it in the box and Niall carried it home.

“They said she was most likely exhausted and dehydrated. Afterwards they told us she was fine, eating well and flying around.” Anyone who finds a grounded bat is advised to contact the Bat Conservation Trust helpline on 0845 1300 228.