Tuesday, August 5, 2008
I woke to a chittering sound, like a wobbly ceiling fan. Libby and Gatsby were staring at our window fan and though these days, our house has air you could swim in, I knew that couldn't be why those two were staring so intently at the fan. The double fan, which whirs constantly: the little bat was scrunched up behind it, and after my mouse catching talent of a few summers before, I tupperwared him slowly and cautiously and I have to admit it, I'm a little puffed chested with pride. I had woken my husband just nights before, hoping he would do the dirty work, and he stumbled downstairs, a rainbow dog towel at the ready, then stumbled back when nothing more exciting happened.
In fact, I had decided I was imagining the bat.
But, apparently, I had not.
Now he's sitting in a tupperware (with holes, of course!) next to me as I type this, scrunched up, furious I took him away from his reading, which I know he does while we're sleeping. I left out a little poetry from last night's reading and he agrees--I am truly lucky to know such talented people.
I know this is three thousand percent wrong, but I am having serious trouble letting him go. I want someone else to see him in person before I fling him outside (and where? just by our house so he can get in again? farther away from home? and why do I always seem to misplace my cell phone?), to witness that I caught a bat and IT'S A BAT!. I mean, really. This is the girl who kept picking up toads while she was camping, as if no one had seen a toad before. Besides, doesn't some nature center want him? Somewhere to nurture him with all kinds of wonderful bugs and a good perch (and some Adrienne Rich)?
Well, I've caught the little one anyway, so the mothers who read this blog can rest easy. And to my own mother: I read that only one percent of bats actually carry rabies. Also, to dispel a myth: bats are not blind, but they cannot see very well. They are actually very well-read. At least mine is.
(Can I keep him?)
Edit: Here's a good website on what to do if you find a bat indoors.
Also: More pictures of the little bat here.