...it's not dark yet, but it's gettin' there...

July 26, 2004

Where's A Digital Camera When You Need One? (Reprise)

i just saw the weirdest thing. A bat. It was right outside the building crawling along the sidewalk on all fours, right where i saw that huge dragonfly a few weeks ago. The bat was gray, about three inches long, and moving very slowly, about the speed of a large beetle. i didn't know what it was at first and i jumped and let out a loud scream, 'cause it was right by my foot when i first saw it. Poor thing was lost, it should have been hanging upside down in a cave somewhere. i thought about picking it up and bringing it into the office to show everybody. Then i thought about rabies and left it alone. Some car is probably going to run over it, over but there's nothing i can do about that. It's getting to be like a menagerie outside my building. i really should bring a digital camera with me when i take my smoke breaks.

Posted by annika, Jul. 26, 2004 |
Rubric: annik-dotes


I had a similar experience a few weeks ago. Was taking my baby niece for a late night walk in her stoller and almost ran over a little bat lying on the ground, hissing, in the alley behind my house. Scared the bejeezus out of me.

Posted by: Ron on Jul. 26, 2004

DO NOT PICK UP the bat.
It probobly has rabies, that's why it is on the ground.
I used to live in Austin and everyone knows, if you go around the Congress Street bridge, there is a bat colony that lives under the bridge and you are not to tuch downed bats for any reason. I think the city has signs posted up around the joging trail to this affect.
Just my two cents worth, from a former Austinite.

Posted by: ward jones on Jul. 26, 2004

Agree with Ward. Bats are disoriented by bright light anyway. If the bat was out in daytime, it's not a good sign.

Posted by: gcotharn in Texas on Jul. 26, 2004