Boy, 5, recalls bat attack: '(It) flew in and had hold of me'
KOBIE Hollands is one brave little boy, having suffered a bite from a bat and five very big needles afterwards.
The five year old Evans Head boy was attacked by a rabid bat last month when he was at the local skate park with his dad.
"The bat flew in and had hold of me," he said in all his preschool honesty.
"I tried shaking it off my leg and my uncle had his skateboard and went and hit it."
Kobie's dad Jeff Hollands described how the bat circled above 5-6 young children before flying at them.
"(It) swooped in and Isaac (Roxburgh, Kobie's uncle) put his skateboard up and it bounced off and then on Kobie's leg," he said.
"I reefed it off and held it to the ground as a mate came and grabbed it as I had Kobie in the other hand."
The bat was tested for the Lyssavirus, a virus closely related to rabies, and the tests came back positive.
Kobie, his dad Jeff and their friend all had to have the vaccinations to protect them from the effects of the virus.
"The Department of Health flew the immunoglobulin (vaccine) from America over night," mum Kerrie-Anne Maunder said.
"The attack happened on Thursday and the immunoglobulin was there on Friday night at the hospital.
"Poor Kobie had to have adult-sized needles."
Both Kobie's parents are philisophical about the attack.
"It's just one of those things," Jeff said.
"You can't go and kill every bat as they have their place.
"We were really unlucky (that Kobie got attacked)."
The Department of Health confirmed in a letter to the young family the human rabies immunoglobulin is currently unavailable in Australia as it is not yet licenced and had to be requested under the Therapeutic Goods Administration Special Access scheme.
"I believe it's not in Australia because the disease is fairly rare in this country," Kerrie-Anne said.
"I also think it's difficult to create."
Kobie hasn't easily forgotten the attack, however.
"We have not been back to the skatepark yet but we will go back," Jeff said.
"He does duck from birds when they fly over at the moment too."