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Always Something New [Jun. 30th, 2019|08:56 am]
Tony Grist
My mother called me to say there was a bird in her bedroom- and there was- only it wasn't a bird, it was a bat. Such a tiny little thing- but with such a surprisingly big wing-span. It was resting on the top of the radiator when I showed up and I was afraid it was injured but it didn't seem to be so I helped it to the open window and it flew away. I don't remember ever being so close to a bat before.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2019-06-30 01:34 pm (UTC)
bats are wonderful. They eat their weight and then some in pests. They used to get into the apartment complex I lived in before Mom died (people would leave the doors open) and they creeped me out...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-06-30 03:10 pm (UTC)
I see them flitting round the house on summer evenings but this is the first time I've known one come indoors.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2019-06-30 05:28 pm (UTC)
I've a friend who grew up downstate and this time of year was almost always playing outside when darkness starts to settle. He told me that he thinks its very romantic when the bats, who roost in the daytime, way up and fly out on their night forays.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-06-30 05:41 pm (UTC)
The bat I dealt with yesterday was out in daylight. I don't know why that was.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2019-06-30 06:51 pm (UTC)
lost? Sometimes that means they are rabid, but I think if it had been you would have known. Perhaps it just couldn't find it's way home.
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[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2019-07-01 04:37 am (UTC)
it was lost
day light surprised it
thank you for being so gentle
they are so fragile.

such long fingers with think skin
stretch between

bats are foo=luck
they were lucky your mom let you know
<3
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-07-01 07:38 am (UTC)
Very fragile. It was like dealing with a large moth.
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[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2019-07-01 06:24 pm (UTC)
oh moths
they seem to be wide eyed women
wrapped in large furry coats
love those sweet things
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-07-01 06:58 pm (UTC)
That's a wonderful image. I used to find moths a bit scary, but not any longer.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-07-01 07:35 am (UTC)
I don't think we have rabies in the UK. It's one of the advantages of being an island nation: we can keep certain things out.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2019-06-30 08:04 pm (UTC)
Enough to send you batty!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-07-01 07:36 am (UTC)
Groan. :)
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2019-06-30 09:46 pm (UTC)
Sometimes a bat will get into our house and we have a butterfly night to catch them with and put them outside. They're usually too scared to fly away immediately but they usually recover quickly.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-07-01 07:38 am (UTC)
This was supine. If it had been flitting around I'd have been at a loss how to deal with it.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2019-07-01 09:18 pm (UTC)
That should read "butterfly net". To catch a bat in flight you study its flight pattern because they are blind and guided by their radar. In a strange place, they will always repeat a flight pattern once they've scoped it out. When you know where they're going you hold the net up and they'll fly right into it since they aren't expecting it to be there. Some people hold a tennis racquet up and they fly into it and are stunned. I think that's cruel.
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