I love bats. Such tiny, mysterious little creatures, with their furry little bodies and leathery little wings, and little pointed ears. Unfortunately, I think the heat may have gotten to our bat population today. I saw one out in the heat of midday, which is almost unheard of, and then I found two babies as they fell out of their roost. By the time I had come back with gloves and my camera, they had died, presumably from the heat. Hopefully not from a bad disease.
Tonight in the Miner’s Cabin, there was a high-pitched squeaking and an occasional scrabbling sound coming from outside. When I went out to look, there was a baby bat clinging above the window, sometimes retreating into a crack above the window frame, and adult bats swooped around, sometimes coming to rest right near the baby. I’m afraid I agitated them a little bit in my admiration, since they swooped closer and closer to my head! They didn’t seem to appreciate my presence.
Judging from the number of adult bats and the squeaking, I’d say we have a bat nursery in our Miner’s Cabin! I can think of a handful of people who might not think this is such a nice thing. But I have no complaints.
Laura, you are a true adventurer, and enjoy your writings describing. Yes, they sometimes carry diseases.
I resist the urge to try to pet the bats…Just like I have to resist the urge to pet bumblebees.
I’m pretty sure you know this, but in general when nocturnal animals are out in the daytime, it’s often a sign of rabies. It sound like your bats were just trying to beat the heat, but beware.
Thanks, Peggy! I’m sure we’ll be keeping an eye out for any other odd bad behaviors. The ones last night, though, seemed quite normal – It was pretty cute seeing the parents coming up to the baby to feed it!