Bat flew into my living room last night

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  1. pb1300 macrumors 6502a

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    So for those who dont know, I live in Aigio, Greece, a city 1.5 hours west of Athens, with a population of about 40k. I live off the side of a mountain that overlooks the sea. Well, Im sitting in the living room last night having dinner, watching Las Vegas on DVD, when all of a sudden, a bat comes flying through the sliding doors of the balcony, into the corner of the living room, and just hangs out on my furniture. As soon as I went to grab my iPhone to get the pci, he flies right at me, swoops over my head, and out the doors again. Scared the crap out of me when it flew in, but it was funny nonetheless.
     
  2. LumbermanSVO macrumors 65816

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    I am strangely comfortable around bats. My grandfather built a cabin in the Washington mountains where I spent a lot of time running around as a kid. There was a small family of bats that lived in the roof of the cabin. Every now and then they would fly around inside, scared the crap out of my sisters but didn't bother me. The bats never bit anyone, or even landed on anyone, heck, they didn't even poop inside, so my parents just let them be. I think some still live there.
     
  3. LizKat macrumors 68040

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    There used to be a small bunch of bats lived in the roof space over the upstairs bedrooms here. I really liked seeing them swoop through the yard at dusk, incredibly graceful acrobats, snapping up every hapless insect out there. Every once in awhile one of the young ones, I guess, would pop out into the upstairs hallway where we had gutted the old lath and plaster and put up some sheetrock except for an odd-shaped gap that we wanted to fill after picking a light fixture.

    So this cute little bat would be on the wing in the house proper, usually coming down the stairwell since up top of that was its entry point, and the two cats would be so excited, forgetting everything they ever knew about respecting my objets d'art or curtains or their own water dishes, walls, doors, wow... it was like watching The Keystone Cops.

    Finally the poor little thing would usually park high on a wall somewhere to regroup, and I could get it under a plastic bowl, slide a sheet of cardboard under that to serve as a lid and then escort it outside. One night I took the same bat out twice, I think.

    As long as the bat didn't act aggressive or seem unable to fly properly, I was not especially concerned about rabies, although I do know they could have been rabies carriers and just not yet symptomatic. So I'd wash up afterwards and hope for the best for myself, figuring as long as its saliva and I had not met, and I had no open cuts on my hands, I'd be okay.

    If one had ever bitten me I would have headed straight for the hospital for the treatments, no guessing or hoping in that situation! As for the cats, they're vaccinated against rabies even though they're indoor cats, and the possibility of rabid bats is one of the reasons.

    Haven't seen bats around here in quite awhile. There's been a kill-off of them in a lot of places in the east, due to some weird "white-nose fungus" that apparently interferes with their hibernation, makes them hungry and wakes them in winter, and they go outside and freeze to death looking for food, poor things.

    Well I guess the barn swallows have had to take up the slack in keeping the insects at bay around here during the warmer months. They even look fatter for it, too.
     
  4. mscriv macrumors 601

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    Holy mother of random encounters Batman!!! ZAP! BANG! WHACK! That must have been freaky. :eek:
     
  5. 7on macrumors 601

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    I used to live in an apartment in college where the attic was infested with bats. We'd catch one or two a month.
     
  6. pb1300 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What freaked me out was seeing this thing fly in from the corner of my eye. It was the first time I saw a bat in person. I was just waiting for Robin to break through the door.
     
  7. upinflames900 macrumors 6502a

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    Has anyone ever seen like a whole bunch of bats fly out for a night? That is really really cool, but if they fly over your backyard...it will really really stink in the morning.
     
  8. Don't panic macrumors 603

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    my cat used to bring me bats as 'gifts'. typically they were still alive but with broken wings, so doomed. poor creatures.
     
  9. whooleytoo macrumors 603

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    They used to fly into the window of our living room all the time. At dusk you could often see them wobbling about in circles, one even hit me in the back of the head! (So much for bats 'seeing' in the dark..)
     
  10. pachyderm macrumors 601

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    Greece? Can we come visit?
     
  11. conch575 macrumors 6502

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    That's pretty scary! Is that common for your area?
     
  12. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    And to be clear, the bat did not touch you? Rabies is a most unpleasant disease.
     
  13. the vj macrumors 6502a

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    The other day I had my 3 year old nephew in my harms in my house and a bat passed by, we always have bats here. I told him: did you see that bat? and he started to cry of terror. My syster came and said: no no, it was a butterfly! Of course as a good uncle I told him: be a man... that was a bat! And my syster... no no, a butterfly! etc, etc...
     
  14. pb1300 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Oooh, go on :D
     
  15. mscriv macrumors 601

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    Sure, in Austin there is a bridge known for this that has become a tourist attraction.

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  16. CaptMurdock macrumors 6502a

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    Cool! Now you can avenge your parents and fight crime!
     

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