B is for Bats

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I once rescued a bat in distress. It happened about five years ago when I was walking my dog and stepped over what I thought was a dark brown leaf. But then the leaf’s head moved.

It was August and very hot, and my heart just went out to the poor thing. I phoned a local bat rescue and although the woman at the helm was willing to take the bat, she couldn’t come out because she had to keep a 24/7-eye on a batch of baby bats. I managed to move the injured bat into a shoebox and transport it about forty-five minutes away to  this woman, who lived in a house full of bats and cats. Even her license plates on her car read BATRESQ.

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I learned the bat I’d rescued was approximately a two-year-old female Big Brown with a shoulder injury. I found out all kind of other tidbits about bats, such as bats eat their body weight in insects every night (lucky for us around here, since we’re swimming in mosquitoes). Also, it is a myth that bats readily carry disease. Only 1/10th of 1 percent of bats are rabid. Essentially, these guys are great for the environment.

If you want to learn more about bats or bat rescues, THIS is a great site.

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Ever since that day, I’ve been obsessed with these critters. I have bat shirts and jewelry, and I recently acquired my favorite purse from Goodgoth.com.

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What are your feelings about bats?

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12 thoughts on “B is for Bats”

  1. That’s great that you rescued a bat! Most people wouldn’t do that. We have bats that live here in the pine trees. They come out at dusk and in the evening to eat the mosquitoes which is fine with me. My daughter even built a bat house. We hope that the bats find it this year and use it. We enjoy watching them swoop down and catch insects in flight. Glad I stopped by here from the Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

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    1. Thanks, Ann. We have a lot of bats here in the summer, and my husband and I had thought about building bat houses for them to come. We need more mosquito eaters! Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Well, unfortunately the sad ending to the story is that she did not make it. They tried and tried to save her, and she lived for a couple of months. But she kept ripping out her stitches and they never could get the wing and shoulder to heal. But I would do it again in a heartbeat.

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  2. I LOVE BATS! Seriously, they are one of my favorite flying creatures! I have them in my backyard and I do not have a problem with mosquitos (and I live by a creek, so I should have problems!) My daughter is completing an award and her project is building Bat Houses in a brand new park in our area. It is going to be so awesome.
    Once Upon a Time

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    1. That is so cool! Your daughter needs to teach me how to make bat houses now. We want to hang them in the shed in our yard. We were sad because we didn’t see very many bats last summer. I would like to see a lot more this coming summer. 🦇😁

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  3. I’m afraid bats are one of those things I can only appreciate with my eyes closed.
    Useful, intriguing, and astonishing little creatures… that completely skeeb me out to look at.
    (I’m sorry… don’t hate me!)

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