Adorable orphaned baby bats -- named Bruce and Wayne -- raised in zoo worker's home

Two adorable fruit bat pups are being cared for by staff at a British wildlife park after weeks of being hand-reared by one of them in her home.

Bruce and Wayne were left to fend for themselves in their enclosure at Cotswold Wildlife Park when their mother did not return to feed them after their enclosure had undergone renovation.

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One of the wildlife park’s staff members, Natalie Horner, decided to become a surrogate mother to the two bats, who were 4-6 weeks old at the time, and took them home with her as they would not survive without their mother. 

Bruce and Wayne were unable to maintain their own body temperature at first and had to be kept in an incubator for two weeks and monitored closely.

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OXFORDSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 01: Natalie Horner with Bruce and Wayne, the first ever Egyptian Fruit Bats, at the Cotswold Wildlife Park near Burford on August 30, 2017 Oxfordshire, England. Natalie has hand reared Bruce and Wayne on milk since the 13th June but they are now on fruit. PHOTOGRAPH BY Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
OXFORDSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 31: Nacho, the 6 weeks old Red Titi Monkey, cuddles up to father Mucho at the Cotswold Wildlife Park, near Burford on August 30th, 2017 in Oxfordshire, England. Nacho was born on the 17th July 2017 to mother Iquitos and father Mucho, and is the first ever baby born at the park since its opening 47 years ago. PHOTOGRAPH BY Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
A red panda walks on a snowy branch at Cotswold Wildlife Park in Burford, western England January 6, 2010. Blizzards swept across central and southern England on Wednesday, bringing more road and rail chaos, forcing airlines to suspend flights and hundreds of schools to close. REUTERS/ Eddie Keogh (BRITAIN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT ANIMALS)
OXFORDSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 21: Mother Nancy plays with her three day old baby rhino at Cotswold Wildlife Park on on August 21, 2015 in Oxfordshire, England. Cotswold Wildlife Park celebrated the birth of three days old baby white Rhino to mother Nancy. PHOTOGRAPH BY Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
BURFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 04: Triplet female endangered Asiatic Lions Kali, Sita and Sonika at the Cotswold Wildlife Park on August 04, 2016 Burford, England. The cubs are 10 weeks old and were born to parents, lion Rana and lioness Kana, both five years old. The cubs are the first ever triplets at the park in its 46 year history. PHOTOGRAPH BY Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftmedia.com (Photo credit should read Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
*** VIDEO AVAILABLE *** COTSWOLD WILDLIFE PARK - JULY 2017: A Eurasian wolf cub in Cotswold Wildlife Park, July 2017. A WILDLIFE park celebrates the birth of a litter of Eurasian wolf cubs - the first to be born at the park in 47 years. The curators at Cotswold Wildlife Park in Oxfordshire recently welcomed the surprise arrival of five mischievous cubs. First-time parents Ash and Ember are recent arrivals at Cotswold Wildlife Park. Both were born in Sweden and arrived from different collections in October 2016 as part of a breeding programme. PHOTOGRAPH BY ZooBorns / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftmedia.com (Photo credit should read ZooBorns / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
A Humboldt penguin stands outside his hide at Cotswold Wildlife Park in Burford, western England January 6, 2010. Blizzards swept across central and southern England on Wednesday, bringing more road and rail chaos, forcing airlines to suspend flights and hundreds of schools to close. REUTERS/ Eddie Keogh (BRITAIN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT)
OXFORDSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 05: Stacey Axman, Primate and Small Mammal Keeper is seen with one of two seven weeks old Six Banded Armadillo pups at the Cotswold Wildlife Park on April 05, 2016 in Oxfordshire, England. It is the first ever successful breeding of six banded armadillo pups at the park. The pups are being hand reared by Stacey after their mother rejected them. The males name is Wallace and the females name is Amelia. PHOTOGRAPH BY Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Media UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W www.barcroftmedia.com USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 796 2458 W www.barcroftusa.com Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4053 2429 W www.barcroftindia.com (Photo credit should read Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Media / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
OXFORDSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 30: Eurasian Grey Wolf cubs born to wolf pair Ash and Ember seen at Cotswold Wildlife Park on June 30, 2017 in Oxfordshire, England. Five cubs were born and they are just starting to venture out of their den. Ash and Ember arrived at the park in October 2016 and the cubs are the first ever wolf cubs born at the park. Wolves became extinct in the British Isles in the 18th century. PHOTOGRAPH BY Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
OXFORDSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 24: Heather, the penguin, being cooled down on the hottest day of the year so far by Davide Frigo, Head of Birds at the Cotswold Wildlife Park on May 24, 2017 in Oxfordshire, England. PHOTOGRAPH BY Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
BURFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 30: Marley, a slender tailed meerkat enjoys a slice of watermelon during the hot weather at Cotswold Wildlife Park on June 30, 2015 in Burford, England. Temperatures could hit record 36 degree celcius in Britain making it the hottest July 1 ever and hottest day in nine years. PHOTOGRAPH BY Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
BURFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 29: A 12 weeks old male Crowned Sifaka Lemur born to mother Tahina (7) and father Bafana (8) at the Cotswold Wildlife Park on February 29, 2016 in Burford, England. The baby is the first ever Crowned Sifaka born at the wildlife park. Crowned Sifaka Lemur is a critically endangered species. PHOTOGRAPH BY Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
OXFORDSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 31: Nacho, the 6 weeks old Red Titi Monkey, cuddles up to father Mucho at the Cotswold Wildlife Park, near Burford on August 30th, 2017 in Oxfordshire, England. Nacho was born on the 17th July 2017 to mother Iquitos and father Mucho, and is the first ever baby born at the park since its opening 47 years ago. PHOTOGRAPH BY Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
OXFORDSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 05: Mark Godwin, Head Keeper, with a three weeks old Bactrian Camel seen at the Cotswold Wildlife Park on April 05, 2016 in Oxfordshire, England. Bactrian Camels are critically endangered in the wild. Mark is hand rearing this baby camel who has been rejected by its mother. PHOTOGRAPH BY Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Media UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W www.barcroftmedia.com USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 796 2458 W www.barcroftusa.com Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4053 2429 W www.barcroftindia.com (Photo credit should read Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Media / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
*** VIDEO AVAILABLE *** COTSWOLD WILDLIFE PARK - JULY 2017: Parents nuzzling one of their five Eurasian cubs in Cotswold Wildlife Park, July 2017. A WILDLIFE park celebrates the birth of a litter of Eurasian wolf cubs - the first to be born at the park in 47 years. The curators at Cotswold Wildlife Park in Oxfordshire recently welcomed the surprise arrival of five mischievous cubs. First-time parents Ash and Ember are recent arrivals at Cotswold Wildlife Park. Both were born in Sweden and arrived from different collections in October 2016 as part of a breeding programme. PHOTOGRAPH BY ZooBorns / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftmedia.com (Photo credit should read ZooBorns / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
*** EXCLUSIVE *** BURFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 02: Hung up on Love: Ring Tailed Lemur sense Love is in the air for Valentine's Day at the Cotswold Wildlife Park on February 2, 2016 in Burford, England. With the lead up to Valentine's Day, love was most definitely in the air at Cotswolds Wildlife Park as Lemurs, meerkats and gophers went wild for each other at the nature park in Oxfordshire, exchanging tokens of love as part of a photo set by professional photographer Paul Nicholls. Nicholls, 47, said: 'I just thought it would be something fun for Valentine's day: love is in the air at Cotswold Wildlife park'. PHOTOGRAPH BY Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Media UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W www.barcroftmedia.com USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 796 2458 W www.barcroftusa.com Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4053 2429 W www.barcroftindia.com (Photo credit should read Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Media / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
OXFORDSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 31: Nacho, the 6 weeks old Red Titi Monkey, cuddles up to father Mucho at the Cotswold Wildlife Park, near Burford on August 30th, 2017 in Oxfordshire, England. Nacho was born on the 17th July 2017 to mother Iquitos and father Mucho, and is the first ever baby born at the park since its opening 47 years ago. PHOTOGRAPH BY Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
OXFORDSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 05: Stacey Axman, Primate and Small Mammal Keeper is seen with two seven weeks old Six Banded Armadillo pups at the Cotswold Wildlife Park on April 05, 2016 in Oxfordshire, England. It is the first ever successful breeding of six banded armadillo pups at the park. The pups are being hand reared by Stacey after their mother rejected them. The males name is Wallace and the females name is Amelia. PHOTOGRAPH BY Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Media UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W www.barcroftmedia.com USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 796 2458 W www.barcroftusa.com Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4053 2429 W www.barcroftindia.com (Photo credit should read Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Media / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
*** VIDEO AVAILABLE *** COTSWOLD WILDLIFE PARK - JULY 2017: Two Eurasian cubs cuddling up together in Cotswold Wildlife Park, July 2017. A WILDLIFE park celebrates the birth of a litter of Eurasian wolf cubs - the first to be born at the park in 47 years. The curators at Cotswold Wildlife Park in Oxfordshire recently welcomed the surprise arrival of five mischievous cubs. First-time parents Ash and Ember are recent arrivals at Cotswold Wildlife Park. Both were born in Sweden and arrived from different collections in October 2016 as part of a breeding programme. PHOTOGRAPH BY ZooBorns / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftmedia.com (Photo credit should read ZooBorns / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
OXFORDSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 05: Frank, the Bactrian Camel, stepping out with his mother Maggie at the Cotswold Wildlife Park on April 05, 2016 in Oxfordshire, England. Bactrian Camels are critically endangered in the wild. Father Chewy has sired 19 calves in ten years. on April 05, 2016 in Oxfordshire, England. PHOTOGRAPH BY Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Media UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W www.barcroftmedia.com USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 796 2458 W www.barcroftusa.com Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4053 2429 W www.barcroftindia.com (Photo credit should read Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Media / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
*** VIDEO AVAILABLE *** COTSWOLD WILDLIFE PARK - JULY 2017: A Eurasian cub playing with its mother in Cotswold Wildlife Park, July 2017. A WILDLIFE park celebrates the birth of a litter of Eurasian wolf cubs - the first to be born at the park in 47 years. The curators at Cotswold Wildlife Park in Oxfordshire recently welcomed the surprise arrival of five mischievous cubs. First-time parents Ash and Ember are recent arrivals at Cotswold Wildlife Park. Both were born in Sweden and arrived from different collections in October 2016 as part of a breeding programme. PHOTOGRAPH BY ZooBorns / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftmedia.com (Photo credit should read ZooBorns / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
*** EXCLUSIVE *** BURFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 02: Give us a Kiss: Prairie Dogs all loved up for Valentines Day at the Cotswold Wildlife Park on February 2, 2016 in Burford, England. With the lead up to Valentine's Day, love was most definitely in the air at Cotswolds Wildlife Park as Lemurs, meerkats and gophers went wild for each other at the nature park in Oxfordshire, exchanging tokens of love as part of a photo set by professional photographer Paul Nicholls. Nicholls, 47, said: 'I just thought it would be something fun for Valentine's day: love is in the air at Cotswold Wildlife park'. PHOTOGRAPH BY Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Media UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W www.barcroftmedia.com USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 796 2458 W www.barcroftusa.com Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4053 2429 W www.barcroftindia.com (Photo credit should read Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Media / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
BURFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 30: Marley, a slender tailed meerkat enjoys a tropical fruit Caribbean ice lolly during the hot weather at Cotswold Wildlife Park on June 30, 2015 in Burford, England. Temperatures could hit record 36 degree celcius in Britain making it the hottest July 1 ever and hottest day in nine years. PHOTOGRAPH BY Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
OXFORDSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 03: Twin four weeks old Endangered Ring Tailed Lemurs enjoying a piggyback in the sunshine at the Cotswold Wildlife Park on may 03, 2016 near Burford, Oxforshire, England. The twins mum is called Hira, the dad is called Uba, and they were born on the 31st March. PHOTOGRAPH BY Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
BURFORD, OXFORDSHIRE - JULY 11: Helen Barber pictured with a one month old, Tawny frogmouth at the Cotswold Wildlife Park on July 11, 2016 in Burford, Oxfordshire, England. Helen hand reared Frogmouth for two and a half weeks then it was taken over by foster parents. PHOTOGRAPH BY Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftmedia.com (Photo credit should read Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
OXFORDSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 11: Caspar, two weeks old Endangered Chapman Zebra is seen with mum Stella and dad Spongebob at the Cotswold Wildlife Park on July 11, 2016 in Oxfordshire, England. PHOTOGRAPH BY Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
OXFORDSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 11: Caspar, two weeks old Endangered Chapman Zebra is seen with mum Stella and dad Spongebob at the Cotswold Wildlife Park on July 11, 2016 in Oxfordshire, England. PHOTOGRAPH BY Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
BURFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 04: Triplet female endangered Asiatic Lions Kali, Sita and Sonika at the Cotswold Wildlife Park on August 04, 2016 Burford, England. The cubs are 10 weeks old and were born to parents, lion Rana and lioness Kana, both five years old. The cubs are the first ever triplets at the park in its 46 year history. PHOTOGRAPH BY Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftmedia.com (Photo credit should read Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
OXFORDSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 21: Mother Nancy plays with her three day old baby rhino at Cotswold Wildlife Park on on August 21, 2015 in Oxfordshire, England. Cotswold Wildlife Park celebrated the birth of three days old baby white Rhino to mother Nancy. PHOTOGRAPH BY Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Paul Nicholls / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
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"I had to feed the babies every three hours in the early days. They were given milk as well as mashed fruit,” Horner said. “The first feed of the day was at 6 o'clock in the morning and the last feed was at midnight.”

Horner would wrap the bats in blankets as she fed them to give them comfort.

"As soon as they finished their feed (and sometimes during) they would fall asleep wrapped in their blankets. It really melted my heart,” Horner said. 

Horner said the bats then began flying lessons in the guest room of her home once they got strong enough at 10 weeks old.

“This was great fun. Bats instinctively know how to fly so they just needed a little bit of encouragement,” Horner said.  "I would hang them from my finger and gently bob them up and down to encourage them to wing beat.”

Although the first lesson went as expected, ending with the bats on the floor, they quickly learned.

“It didn't take long at all for their muscles to strengthen and for them to fly from one side of the room to the other,” Horner said. "From then we had nightly flying lessons. As soon as they were able to fly comfortably around my spare room they were upgraded to their own enclosure at the park before being reintroduced to the colony.”

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Bruce and Wayne are now happy and healthy in the enclosure with the colony. Horner said it was such a proud moment to put them back where they belong — with their family.

"It was such a proud moment for me and such a happy ending to what had been four amazing months,” Horner said. "To see the babies back with their family made all the hard work worth it. I'm so happy for them to be back where they belong.”

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