She Had No Purpose Until She Met a Sweet Little Fruit Bat Who Needed a Mother


Sarah Curran is a real-life Batgirl, but instead of fighting crime, she rescues bats.

Though, if you asked her, she would probably tell you that the bats actually saved her.

“I suffered pretty severely from anxiety and panic attacks. I felt like I was not able to function at all,” Curran told The Dodo.

Her conditions were so bad that she couldn’t leave her house. She was hospitalized for it twice and realized she needed a purpose in order to combat her anxiety.

“The bats gave me something to focus on that wasn’t myself, and it gave me a reason to want to get better.”

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She found her purpose when she met Banksi, a little bat who needed a mother after the baby bat and her mother hit a power line.

“The bond between a mother bat and a baby bat is incredibly strong,” Curran explained. So, the woman became Banksi’s new mom and raised the baby bat all on her own.

After Banksi grew up, she couldn’t be released back to the wild because she ended up losing most of one of her wings from the accident.

Even though Banksi now lives at a wildlife park, she hasn’t forgotten her human mama.

“She knows me. She knows my voice. And she doesn’t act like she does with anybody else then she does with me,” Curran said.

After rescuing Banksi, Curran found her calling to rescue bats and rescues them out of her parents’ house. Some of them hang out in the aviary outside, and others hang out with Curran inside the house.

“The maximum number of animals that I’ve had in my house was 90,” she said. “Gosh, my parents are gonna kill me.”

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The bats have had such a major impact on Curran’s life, that she is adamant about saving as many of the endangered species as she can.

“I was in a pretty low place, and I just am grateful because I don’t think I would’ve gotten out of that,” Curran said. “They’ve done so much for me and I wanna do the best for them that I can possibly do.”

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
Tucson, Arizona
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Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Oregon
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Prescott, Arizona
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