Bat Bite!

The evening summer heat means wide open doors and windows at dusk – and Vlad the Fruit Bat swooped right into the dining room last week.

Catching a trapped bat, with radar on full alert, is no easy task. Top tip, using a towel as a throw net works eventually.

He was pretty calm when caught, until I rudely exploded a high powered flash in his little rodent face. He sank his savage fangs (ok, very tiny teeth) into Gavin’s finger and wouldn’t let go until we took him outside and let him fly off into the dark.

Googling rabies is not for the weak stomached and Gavin went off to the doctor next day to see if he needed a shot. Rabies is not endemic to our area so hydrophobia  and mouth frothing are not in Gavin’s immediate future, thank heavens.

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3 Responses to “Bat Bite!”


  1. 1 Doné January 25, 2011 at 9:16 am

    lol. omw. Poor Gavin, but I did have a good chuckle 🙂

  2. 2 shoreacres January 27, 2011 at 5:49 am

    Oh, gosh. Glad no more damage was done to Gavin, and glad the little guy got to fly free. The towel trick is good, isn’t it? I’ve had to use it on the squirrel and birds, but it’s effective.

    The first time I met a fruit bat, I was in up-country Liberia, and he was in my rice bowl. He was supper. I didn’t have a clue what I was eating until I pulled the bones out and thought, “What the H… is this? What has a “w” shaped joint?” Yep. Wings. And not the kind they serve in the bars now, either.

    To be honest, the meat was pretty good – and the fruit bats there were big enough that it made it worthwhile to catch and eat them.
    But I didn’t ask for the recipe.

  3. 3 oh February 6, 2011 at 12:55 am

    J! I can’t believe the boys’ haircuts – what a difference and all for the sake of school. So hard to give up summer, especially to an imposed schedule. I have never ever liked schedules which seems odd given that I have been both teacher and now corporate whatever, and NOT the kind that typically allows working from home. Sigh.

    Yes, we can be friends. I will not ever say school days were the best of my life, but the freedom of summer and the freedom inherent in getting away and abroad to study, now those are wondeful “days” to look back on. As are traveling days now!

    And you guys are so calm and cool about the bat. Lucky little guy that a) you saved him and b) didn’t decide to carry him (DOA) into a lab to check on him.

    Your tales in and of your coast are wonderful (well, not that Gavin got bitten) but I mean the nature and real-ness of it all.
    Cheers!


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