wander project chasing bats

When we lived in Indiana, now almost 9 years ago, we lived at the edge of the neighborhood. Outside of our yard was the Railroad Track, the pond, the street, and then two neighbors yards. Most people had three or more neighbors yards connecting them as it was a large nine. If you scroll through the pictures you will see a picture that includes the front of our house. But this is a story inspired by RasmaSandra’s post today. She posted an article with the title Black as a Bat. This is a funny story. Well it is funny in my opinion. Behind the outhouse, we had bushes and a bunch of other landscaping around the pool area. There were, however at the base of the house bushes.


We had afire place, and there was an inset for a second fireplace in the basement. That is critical to this story. We turned the basement fireplace into a home theater area. But, there was one small thing that the previous owner had not told us. There was a gas fireplace in the main room of the house. And below that as I said was the cut out for a second fireplace. When the gas fireplace was installed, they did not plug the exhaust pipe for the lower fireplace in the basement. This, one small error is what would later cause a massive tizzy.  Fast forward six years after we had moved in. We had survived the great fake (Y2K) and were settled in for an evening of television viewing.

The twins were upstairs. My wife and daughter were on the couch watching TV with me. I think we were watching a movie. I noticed something moving in the upper part of the room. The house had a huge open living room (it is my wife’s signature)! What happened next is why I was inspired this morning. Again I saw motion. I watched and saw motion again. I realized that what was flying around inside the house was a bat. A common North American fox bat to be specific. Very harmless other than they are often rabies carriers, so don’t get bitten. My wife and daughter noticed I was looking up. They looked up, and both screamed. They pulled blankets over their heads and screamed for me to remove the bat.

I got up and went out to the garage. I got the left flower. I was going to help the bat leave the house via the front door using the leaf blower to help guide him or her to the door.

The screaming continued.

It took me 15 minutes to get the bat out of the house.

The screaming continued after the bat was gone.

They wouldn’t come out from under the blankets!

I realize now I shouldn’t have stood there laughing.


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