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An Unexpected Visitor

I just had to show a quite large bat off the premises.

I will confess to being slightly freaked out, even though I like bats in principle, because s/he was about twice the size of any other bat I've ever seen that close.

I trapped it in the dining room (the only room on the ground floor that closes off entirely) and then with the Mr.'s coaching (I had to roust him out of bed and away from his crossword puzzle), opened a window in there and exited the room myself. A minute later, it flew outinto the night.

I have no idea how it got inside in the first place!

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the_resa
Aug. 18th, 2008 02:49 am (UTC)
Yeek!
Hey, I'm pretty good at dealing with wildlife, but even I'd be a bit freaked over a larger bat in my house. And on principle, wildlife is always nicer -- OUTSIDE.
chomiji
Aug. 19th, 2008 11:57 am (UTC)
Re: Yeek!

I think you're right. It would have been a lovely bat outside!

despina_moon
Aug. 18th, 2008 04:34 am (UTC)
Gah! I would probably wet myself over that. Spiders, snakes, frogs and lizards I can deal with. Even rodents - but a bat? Oh, hell no!

I bow to your bravery.
chomiji
Aug. 19th, 2008 11:59 am (UTC)
Da Bat

At first I thought it had to be a big moth, and I was going to be very impressed because anything that big would be rare. But it wasn't content with circling the light, and then I got a good look at it. It actually was rather awful - I was feeling a complex mix of scared of it and scared for it.

smillaraaq
Aug. 18th, 2008 07:58 am (UTC)
Ooooh, that happened several times at the old place (great local bat habitat plus bug-attracting porch lights and night-owl residents = bat smorgasbord) -- they can zip right through an opened door in remarkably little time! It was a little terrifying as I was convinced the poor thing was going to crash into a wall with all the high-speed circling going on, but the sonar really seemed to be astoundingly effective, and he had no trouble getting out again quickly once the confusing lights were turned off and the door was flung open.

Be watchful at the door for repeats -- some bats apparently tend to follow very routine hunting-flight patterns, so if he was close enough to the house to duck in by mistake once the odds are good he might do it again. IIRC my batty visitor only wound up in the house proper once, but he also detoured about six feet to the side and ended up trapped in the garage at least two or three more times in the same season, before some combo of extra care around lights and open doors and shifts in his flight patterns managed to discourage that sort of thing.
chomiji
Aug. 19th, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
Bats (and more!)

Hee, I'll watch out for her/his return!

The Mr. watched him for a minute and said "There's nothing wrong with it, it's not bumping into anything." But it was still very scary, as it kept dive-bombing toward me and turning away at the last minute.

(BTW, soliandxpyne are subjecting the ikkou to the MBTI ... they've already done their Gojyo post ... .)

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chomiji
Aug. 19th, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC)

I think this is what I had - not really tiny, at all ... . It's a Big Brown Bat - gotta love these "truth in advertising" names!

The usual critter I've seen is its opposite number, the Little Brown Bat, about 2/3 the size, and usually darker in color. Those are actually fairly cute, and I've rescued a couple from being trapped inside dormitories or cabins at summer camp.

smillaraaq
Aug. 20th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC)
Oh my, that is an impressively-sized fledermaus! I spent a lot of time poring over field guides after my batty encounters, and I think my visitor was the Little Brown variety. It's a bit hard to tell for sure when they move so fast, of course!

(The one that used to nest in the guest-bedroom window of my aunt's home back on the rez was also a Little Brown, I believe. Tiny and utterly adorable when curled up for a snooze.)
felicitoussk8er
Aug. 18th, 2008 09:10 am (UTC)
It could have been worse: the bat could have been in your bra.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/2266900/Teenager-finds-baby-bat-in-her-bra.html

Edited at 2008-08-18 09:11 am (UTC)
chomiji
Aug. 19th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)

LOL!! Presumably the real thing was smaller than the rubber thing they have posed for the photo!

smillaraaq
Aug. 20th, 2008 04:28 am (UTC)
I don't think my bras would even fit anything larger than a very wee curled-up Little Brown Bat, even if I wasn't in them myself at the time! o_O
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chomiji
Aug. 19th, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
Bats in the Classroom!


That must brighten your class time on occasion!


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