Kapiti bats breed, but pups stillborn

Rare short-tailed bats transferred to Kapiti Island in a bid to save a threatened Tararua Forest Park colony have bred, but sadly the two pups produced were stillborn.

While disappointed that the pups died, the Department of Conservation says the fact that bats from a ground-breaking translocation attempted to breed so young adds to the important knowledge known about bats’ basic biology.