View Full Version : OT: Just caught a bat - in my house

06-04-2006, 01:02 AM
About 45 minutes ago I went to the bathroom. In the hallway leading from the bedroom to the bathroom is a quilt-rack with a quilt over it. My cat was sitting under it staring intently. I heard a very high pitched squeaking noise coming from behind it. Sure it was a cricket; I pulled the comforter back and found a brown bat back there. It was singing away. I roused my wife out of bed, who turned out to be pretty useless. I went out in the garage and got my minnow net. I pinned the bat between the quilt and the wall and had my wife pull the bar out that held it up. The bat worked its way to the top of the quilt and I was able to slip the net over it, then twist is around effectively sealing it inside. I took ot out onto the drive way and flipped the net over. The bat crawled out and started crawling towards my kid's skate board ramp. It looked a little loopy as it was wobbling back and forth when ti was crawling. Then it hit me that it might have rabies so I threw the net back over it and called animal control who stated they would have a park ranger promptly call me. He called and I advised him that I felt the thing might have rabies and wanted it picked up. He then told me to keep it and he'd be right to my house. I got a clear plastic Tupperware bowl and was able to get the bat to crawl into that. I put the lid on then took it under the light. At that point I found out why it was wobbling - it had two perfectly formed but tiny baby bats clinging to its belly. Then i started feeling sorry for it. I took it over to a large oak tree and put the bowl up to it. It got on the tree and began climbing. it's up there now about 15 feet up. I called the ranger back and told him got away and not to bother coming. After cleaning and Lysoling anything it may have touched, I just checked on it and it's gone.

COOL! Never caught a bat before. No idea how it got in the house, but one of my kids probably left the garage door open.

06-04-2006, 01:17 AM
When I was in college at good ole UTexas we had a bat fly into our apartment through an open window. It was in my room and when I came home my roommate said "hey, there's a bat in your room". Of course I didn' believe him until I was standing there in my underwear and I heard it. About 2 hrs later and enough comedy to fill multiple episodes of the 3 stooges, we got it our of the apt. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif

06-04-2006, 01:24 AM
Cool! Bats are really neat creatures!

When studying for zoologist, we sometimes netted bats for study purpose. I have seen one with parasites (louse-fly, nasty critters), but never one with babies.

06-04-2006, 01:33 AM
Very cool SkyChimp.

We had a bat at elementary/primary school that one of the kids brought in. That was '78. Very interesting creatures close up. Luckily in Oz, we don't have rabies, so you can pet and stroke any critter you come across in complete safety..... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

06-04-2006, 01:47 AM
According to my state's fish and game site, the bat was probably a "Little Brown Bat." I found this, and the babies looked just like what this site shows. But the article says only one baby is born. Well, that's either wrong, or my bat kidnapped another baby.

06-04-2006, 02:13 AM
How about "BatMan" for another nick SkyChimp. Maybe an alter ego? HEHE I can see it now, SkyChimp aka Batman! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

06-04-2006, 02:27 AM
LOL, a couple of years ago i was home alone (back in the day wen i lived with my parents) and i got back from a friends place...when i get into the house my dam rotwieler was shaging a bloody poodle......RITE ON THE DAM COUCH WICH WE BOUGHT THAT DAY!!!!!....i still remember the stains http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

06-04-2006, 03:55 AM
Very Cool Chimpo

06-04-2006, 04:04 AM
Batchimp! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

06-04-2006, 04:10 AM
Yeah, bats are great.
Last year I was staying in a wooden built chalet in Cornwall and wondered what the chattering and scrabbling noises in the wall were all about. After putting two and two together I sat outside at dusk (suitably equipped with liquid refreshment) and watched as the first of my own little bat colony came out for the evening. Counted 57 of them as they came out of one small hole one at a time. Great stuff.

06-04-2006, 04:14 AM
OOh NO!! LOOK OUT Chimp! Get rid of it..I ended up marrying my old bat.. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

06-04-2006, 04:36 AM
Nice story SkyChimp .. glad to hear it all went well for the bat family ... pity about the rabies scare !!

We only have two species of bats here in New Zealand (the third is now considered extinct) ... very rare and endangered. One night my partner organised a visit to a friends place where they were rearing NZ short-tailed bats for release to a local sanctuary. I was privilideged to be able to hold one .. they're about the size of a mouse, and the whole time it sat in my hand it was vibrating continously .. apparently that was its echo-location. Then it tried to climb up my arm and had to be rescued !!! Such amazing critters, oh,and no rabies down here so no worries there.

Cheers Esq.

06-04-2006, 05:34 AM
Pretty cool chimp, thx for sharing! The only place i've ever seen a Bat is in the Zoo, but they're gorgeous littl creatures. definately one of my faves, next to Lemurs...

06-04-2006, 05:54 AM

Good story!

06-04-2006, 07:05 AM

06-04-2006, 07:33 AM
Holy small furry mammals Batman!!!!!Call chief O'hare.......nice catch monkeyboy!!!!!

06-04-2006, 08:59 AM

This happened to me all the time about 3 years ago.

Woke up early, went to get a spoon to eat cereal, and found a bat on the little handle to open the drawer. It was still dark, so I couldn't see it, but I touched it. We had about 5 bats in one year.

06-04-2006, 09:06 AM
The little brown bat migrates to caves or mines in the winter to hibernate..."

Maybe time to brigten up the old gaming dungeon? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

06-04-2006, 09:26 AM
Originally posted by Xallo_72:
The little brown bat migrates to caves or mines in the winter to hibernate..."

Maybe time to brigten up the old gaming dungeon? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

It's summer where I am - Virginia, USA. Or more precisely, the tail end of spring.

06-04-2006, 10:00 AM

06-04-2006, 10:07 AM

Originally posted by woofiedog:

06-04-2006, 10:20 AM
Originally posted by SkyChimp: ....I roused my wife out of bed, who turned out to be pretty useless....

What's the point in being married if you can't even get your wife to dispose of a bat in the midlle of the night every once in a while! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/mockface.gif

06-04-2006, 10:21 AM
you waisted a bat!!!!! man those are good eat'n http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

06-04-2006, 10:28 AM
a gay batwoman, that is the most tarded S*** ever lol. i can see it now Jerry Springer as her arch nimasis LOL. Guest staring Ann Hashe as the Evil Devowerer of Carpits http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif. kinda makes you wounder what kind of "wounderfull toys" she keeps on her utilaty belt http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif.

06-04-2006, 01:01 PM
Originally posted by fordfan25:
a gay batwoman, that is the most tarded S*** ever lol.

That's the kind of thing that would make a grown man buy a "Batwoman and Wonderwoman Teams Up Issue." http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/crackwhip.gif

06-04-2006, 05:46 PM
I live just south of you in Georgia and remember being over at a friends house one night when I was a kid. For some reason, everyone else had gone out for a while and I was laying on a matress on the floor upstairs reading comic books.

I don't think they were Wonderwoman meets Batgirl comics, but definately comic books. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

The curtains flew aisde on the window over the street & some little brown thing flew across the room, smacked into another curtain over the other window & skittered up it. I chased the darn thing up the curtains, & it would jump off & fly across the room to another window. This went on for about 15 minutes when my friend came back. He asked what the heck I was doing, running around the room, so I told him. He held the curtain to the side & I tried to grab the thing again but it finally flew out the window.

It wasn't a bat, it was a flying squirrel. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

06-04-2006, 09:31 PM
Bats and lesbians....God I love this thread.

And leave it to Bird Brain to be a non-conformist....

A former door gunner I knew was on his 2cd tour in Nam....in his hootch at Danang one night, he was writing his wife while his roomie slept on his cot. A gigantic fruit bat came flying thru the open window and plopped on his roomie's face. There was much screaming and profanity, while his 2 roomates battled this thing and it finally secumbed to these guys pounding it with thier combat boots....on thier hands.

A few hrs later the Tet offensive started and they were fighting for thier lives. Better check your perimeter.

06-04-2006, 09:41 PM
I was sitting on my front porch last week and heard this muffled screeching and scratching coming from the corner of the house. The bats are awake, summer is offically here in PA. They live in behind the siding. They don't bother me, so I won't bother them....

06-04-2006, 10:14 PM
Brings back memories of childhood down in Georgia when my friends and I would toss rocks up close and near to a street light and watch the bats follow the rocks to the ground, with a crash from time to time. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

06-04-2006, 10:19 PM
That's a really cool story, especially about the baby bats. What a happy ending.