Batman returns

A year ago, almost to the day, a bat woke me up while I was napping on the living room couch. Well, just now I was walking barefoot through the kitchen in the dark and opened the fridge, which threw out enough light to illuminate a bat on the floor like six inches away from me. I started and wound up kicking over a bag of clothes that was sitting on the floor (I’d been doing laundry). I picked up the bag…and underneath it was another bat, which thankfully had not been squished.

I did what I had done last year — wrapped my hand around a dish towel and picked them up and took pictures with my cell phone camera. I took the towel outside and spread it out on the ground, but the bats didn’t seem anxious to go anywhere, so I had to go inside, get a second towel and use it to cover my hand while I pried them off the first towel. Finally they spread their wings out and presumably flew away.

See this picture of them both. I messed with the contrast so they show up clearly; the original image shows two angular dark smudges. They appear to be the same species as last year. And if I found two sitting side by side in the kitchen, chances are there are more in the house.

I must tell my mother. The county has actually hired her to keep track of the local bat population. I guess they want to cut down some trees, but if those trees are inhabited by a certain protected species of bat than they won’t be allowed to cut them down. So Mom is on a fact-finding mission: she’s supposed to sit under the trees all night, awake, and count all the bats she sees for a few nights in a row. They’re paying her like $28 an hour for this!

11 thoughts on “Batman returns

  1. Amy White July 17, 2011 / 9:40 pm

    Please be careful. I like that you are helping those little creatures, but I am sure you already know they potentially could be carrying rabies. So the towels are a good idea, and maybe some welding gloves (only half joking!)

    • Meaghan July 17, 2011 / 9:51 pm

      The chances of any particular bat carrying rabies is only about 1 in 200. And they don’t bite unless provoked.

      • Amy White July 18, 2011 / 7:19 am

        OK….good!

  2. Princess Shantae July 17, 2011 / 10:56 pm

    That’s a big enough chance if you get bit. The chance to be struck by lightning is less than that but I still won’t be standing out under a tree during a storm.
    The fact that they were laying on the floor and didn’t try to get away from you and wouldn’t fly off right away when you took them outside means they are probably sick or hurt in some way.

    • Meaghan July 17, 2011 / 11:27 pm

      Stop scaring me. This is a huge problem. I’ve just had to evict ANOTHER bat, and there’s a fourth that I’m going to try to remove. I dabbed a drop of Liquid Paper on Bat #3’s back, to see if they’re the same bats coming in night after night or different ones. I’m going to do the same with #4, if I catch it.

      I should start giving them names. How about “Bill” and “Charlene”

  3. Celeste July 18, 2011 / 2:27 am

    Are you going to let them go? What kind of bats are they?

    • Meaghan July 18, 2011 / 7:18 pm

      Yes, I let them go. I don’t know what kind they are. They’re small and brown.

      And Christ, I found FIVE in the house last night and was only able to evict three, one of which was dead. They have rapidly lost their novelty.

  4. Princess Shantae July 18, 2011 / 10:25 am

    How about Typo and Ditto, if you’re putting correcting fluid on them?

  5. Beth July 18, 2011 / 11:14 pm

    Meaghan – has nothing to do with this post, but MP Kristin Spires’ body was found and identified (May 2011). This was on her FB page and on other news reports…just an FYI 🙂

  6. amy July 19, 2011 / 12:16 am

    I want your mother’s job!

  7. Darien August 17, 2011 / 11:08 am

    Even though the photos are kind of fuzzy, those look like juvenile little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus), the most common bats in North America. Again, the photos are kind of fuzzy so I can’t be certain.

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