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Mar. 1st, 2007 @ 09:06 am Bat's in my Belfrey
Once upon a day's end nearly while I wondered worn out dreary,
I chanced upon a sound so faint...

Oh Nevermind.

One of my Minions used the bat entrance in the woodburner which I wasn't using fortunately at the time though the time was late and I may have and could have but I was just tinkering in the dungeon thinking about submarines and bunkers and electric airboats and sorting through boxes of stuff and heard a noise and I know all the house noises this wasn't one of them.

I suspected a rat.

Then I wondered if the cat got in the ductwork again.

Then I thought well if it's a rat the cat isn't doing a very good job and in the second it took to think these things I opened the woodburner door ready to jump back if a rat chased by a cat comes racing out and no cat nor rat but a winged rodent sitting in a pile of grey ashes.

Fearing it would be in respiratory distress I grabbed a welding glove and encouraged the now crawling bat to crawl onto my hand and the thing was in shock heart beat beating faster than I can count and who can blame him, I didn't have a hat on an probably looked like it's worse nightmare so I took it out in the dark and sat for about five minutes watching it clutch my fingers and its heart slowed and it took a big breath and flew off over the lake.

Bat's get a bad rap.

I live on the water in Florida and have very few mosquitoes because of their efforts at night and the dragonflies by day.

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From:kimba2
Date:March 1st, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC)
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Oh wow! I've only seen bats from afar at Central Park.

The poor thing. You saved the little guy's life. :)
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From:georgetownhouse
Date:March 2nd, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC)
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Awww! Good for you for saving that bat. I love bats and though we don't seem to have enough here to keep all the mosquitos at bay (especially during last summer's intense constant rains & frequent area flooding), I get excited and enthralled whenever I see one dancing around in the dusky sky. I'm hoping that whoever buys the house next door doesn't figure out, as our neighbors apparently havent, that their (unused) chimney is housing a small colony - we've seen them enter and exit there.

I love that last picture of its little gargoyle face.
From:chriswheeler
Date:March 5th, 2007 02:03 pm (UTC)
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Well done and good idea to use the welding glove. dewhitton could probably tell you what kind of bat it is, though he cares for the Aussie ones.