Happy Birthday Ben the Bat

Happy birthday Ben the bat

Birthday Boy: Baby Livingstone’s fruit bat Ben celebrated his first birthday on Thursday 4th August

This Thursday, our baby bat Ben reached his first birthday. To celebrate, Ben’s first adopter, Henry, had a very special message to share. “I have 2 Bats in my life, one of them is one year old today. The other I “borrowed” this from”, he said, referring to a rather unusual cake decoration – a batarang!

Happy birthday BenBeing a fruit bat, Ben’s diet naturally incorporates a range of nutritious fruits, but we know that this delicious looking birthday cake will find a good home amongst Ben’s friends.

We hope you’ll join Henry in wishing Ben a very happy birthday (a great way to do so would be to share this post!)

Adopt ‘birthday boy’ Ben

If you wish to join Henry in showing support for Ben and his kind, you can do so by adopting him. In choosing to do so, you’ll receive a very special adoption pack, including a signed photo of Henry with our bats, and a treasure trove of information on your new family member to explore.

Adopt Ben the bat

About Livingstone’s Fruit Bats

Livingstone’s fruit bats are one of the largest bat species in the world. Originating from the Comoros Islands in the Indian Ocean, it is a sadly true that they face the very real threat of extinction, primarily due deforestation of their habitat. Durrell has been working to prevent this since 1992, and a priceless, now thriving colony of bats at Durrell Wildlife Park is one of just three places they are found in captivity. Together, they form a safety net population should the worst happen in the wild.


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  14 comments for “Happy Birthday Ben the Bat

  1. Nao Takamiy
    August 5, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Happy Birthday Dear a little Ben the bat!!!!
    I hope Ben the bat grows up to be strong and healthy.
    Congratulations!!!!

  2. alex
    August 5, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Joyeux anniversaire Ben !!!! J’espère qu’Henry a aidé à souffler les bougies ! 😉

  3. August 5, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Ben is by far my favourite adoptee….Happy Birthday Big Boy Ben!!

  4. August 5, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    Happy bday little Ben! Hope you grow up strongly!!! Durrell and Henry, thank you for all you do. Please keep up the awesome job you guys. xxx

  5. August 5, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Happy bday little Ben! Hope you grow up strongly!!! Durrell and Henry, thank you for all you do. Please keep up the awesome job you guys. xxx

  6. August 5, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    ♫ Happy Birthday ♫ #BenTheBat ♫ ❶ YEAR
    ✓ Henry Cavill: God bless your generosity and love for the conservation of the species ✓
    ❤ A big hug to Henry Cavill ❤

  7. Angela
    August 6, 2016 at 12:23 am

    Happy Birthday, Ben! Love the video of Henry & Ben…& the bat cake pic…
    Thanks for sharing, SuperCav-El, everyone & Durrell. Ben & all the wildlife surely appreciate your care, kindness & support…very nice. (y) 😀 <3
    Love your good heart, Henry <3 :)
    A.M.

  8. Olivia Thompson
    August 6, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Dear Henry,
    I hope you, Ben, and Kal have a Lovely weekend :) I wonder sometimes who you might adopt next, a baby flamingo, a baby bear, a baby penguin. That’s an exciting thought to me, because each time you adopt an animal we learn more about how important they are to our Eco system. You remind me of some of my favorite people from my childhood Jacques Cousteau, Dr. Doolittle. You are so Loving, a True Lover of the Animal Kingdom. Hugs & Kisses Luv Ya 😉

    Yours Truly,
    Olivia L Thompson

  9. Mary Carmen Flores Cisneros
    August 6, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Feliz cumpleaños pequeño Ben !!! Deseo que tengas una vida plena y feliz y tengas muchos hijitos que crezcan sanos y contentos. Y que cada día los humanos respetemos, valoremos, promovamos y amemos cada vez más a la Naturaleza, para vivir en armonía y felicidad. ABRAZOS DESDE MÉXICO !!! =)

  10. August 7, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Twinkle, twinkle, Ben the bat,
    One year old, I bet you’re fat!
    Up above your Durrell mates you fly,
    Like a cupcake in the sky.
    Twinkle, twinkle, Ben the bat!
    One year old, how good is that!

  11. August 8, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Fantastic birthday wish Henry! happy birthday Ben hope you have a great year it’s wonderful to be able to help you out and adopt you I hope to continue to do so in the future! :) xx

  12. Alberta D.W. Bees
    August 13, 2016 at 7:33 am

    I love you, Henry…..<3 :)

  13. Linda Clark
    August 14, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    July 27th was a 52th birthday!! Apparently, Ben and I both are just “Winging it!”

  14. Chris
    August 29, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Ah, happy belated birthday, Ben the bat. Sorry for coming here so late. I hope all of you enjoyed the party and many more to come, Thanks Henry Team, for letting us know. I wish we could let you know my birhtday too, to see such a picture, at least. But it´s right :) Babies first.
    I really hope Nature can grew up in a normal way, so that we can admire just something great. My words would like to finish here, because we have words and wills; but our travels are better when we are sourranded by Nature. People love journeys more and more, maybe that means there is hope for preserving.
    My words finish here,

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