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Tiny wing-ed creatures

A moment ago, I heard Henry pushing at the door to come in, so I let him in and closed the door behind him without looking at him. As I walked back to my computer chair, he crouched alongside and put something down on the ground. "Ah no, man," I said. He caught a bird once, brought it to me, meowing proudly. This time he was silent, he just seemed like he wanted to be left alone so that he could start eating the thing. I leaned down to push him away from what I discovered was the BAT that he had caught. A BAT! A tiny bat the size of a sparrow! Maaaan. Proud or pissed off? It's a tough call. A bat, man! Bats are way cool. But man, what dumbass bat gets caught by my dumbass cat?

Hey, while we're on the subject of tiny flying animals, Saturday afternoon Chris and I were watching the Venture Brothers in the game room at the Manse, and we heard this . . . scrabbling noise, coming from the wood stove. It happened a few times before I looked over and exclaimed, "there's a bird in your stove!" A tiny brown lady sparrow, peering out the window. Chris I think was content to leave her to her own devices, but I insisted that there was no way a bird could fly straight UP a narrow chimney for 25 feet, and kept coming up with overly-elaborate, asinine ways to get her out that involved laundry baskets and/or bath towels. Finally Chris instructed me to open the door to the outside, and then stand in the doorway to the kitchen with a blanket, and he just opened the stove door wide. When she appeared again (she kept disappearing, presumably hiding in the vents at the top of the stove,) she gaily flew straight out the door, singing her thanks as she went. I named her Waffles.



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Aug. 12th, 2008 12:59 am (UTC)
Saving birds rules!
I love that story!
Aug. 12th, 2008 01:00 am (UTC)
If you've come into contact with the dead bat, you and Henry need to get yourselves checked for rabies; a small (4-8%) percentage of the bat population are carriers.
Aug. 12th, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)
aw what the
I didn't actually touch it, I picked it up with a paper towel . . . I didn't think one COULD be checked for rabies? I thought if you're a person, you get fourteen shots in your belly because they assume you have it, and if you're an animal, you get your head cut off. Is this outdated thinking?
Aug. 12th, 2008 01:05 am (UTC)
Re: aw what the
The same thing happened to prolixfootle several years ago; the bat tested positive, and he and his entire menagerie had to have the shots... did you keep the bat?
Aug. 12th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
Wait, should I have kept the bat?
Aug. 12th, 2008 01:09 am (UTC)
Yeah, so they can test it. If it's clear, you and Henry are all right; if not, then you need the shots, and bat autopsies are easier when you have the corpse...
Aug. 12th, 2008 01:17 am (UTC)
All right all right, the bat is now in my FRIDGE. Gross. Henry's rabies vaccine runs out in September, which is a little too close for comfort. I'll make some calls tomorrow.

Thanks for the warning, nature dude.
Aug. 12th, 2008 01:22 am (UTC)
No sweat. Rabies is kinda fatal; you start frothing at the mouth, you bite somebody, they take you out and shoot you. I'd hate to have that happen to a friend :).
Aug. 12th, 2008 05:38 am (UTC)
Wait, doesn't it need to bite or scratch her, or, y'know, get in her business to infect her?
Aug. 12th, 2008 12:19 pm (UTC)
Probably, but I think that they just don't mess around where bat rabies is involved, and Henry actually had it in his mouth. One reason for this is that bats have tiny teeth, and their bites can be imperceptible. So they recommend that you get yourself or your animals checked in case of bat contact.

In a wierd coincidence, another person on my friend's list (hoppibadge) is going through the same thing at the moment. And I had a visit from one a couple of weeks ago, but since it was obviously healthy, I netted it, and none of my critters got near it, we didn't bother getting anybody checked.

Edited at 2008-08-12 12:19 pm (UTC)
Aug. 12th, 2008 01:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not all that worried about myself, but Henry did have the bloody thing in his mouth (and I mean that literally, not Britishly) so I'll make a call to his vet this morning.
Aug. 12th, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
I'm late to the party, but it's great that you kept the bat. When I was bitten by that squirrel, since they didn't have the animal, I had to have the shots anyway. So this will be easier on everyone. Although - I think you are safe and wouldn't neeed the shots since you just touched a DEAD bat. I am thinking of Henry.

The rabies shots aren't what they used to be. I had a few shots because they give it to you in the site of the bite/scratch/etc. - and I was bitten in the finger, so they couldn't "fit" enough medicine there. So i got some in the ass, too. but only three in total, if I remember correctly. Then I had to come back for two more rounds a few weeks later.

I am proud of Henry for being a good hunter and I think it's OK for you to be too! Bats ARE cool, but nature is nature and it's neat that Henry can catch things!

Aug. 12th, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
Aug. 12th, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
Dude, wildlife overload! I'm glad you hung onto the bat - I'm still not over "Old Yeller" so I vote everyone stay on the safe side. :)
Aug. 12th, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC)
Dude, I think the only way Henry could catch a bat is if he:

1. Caught it out of the goddamned air.

2. Caught it when it was hanging somewhere really high up.

But BOTH those choices are really awesome.
Aug. 13th, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)
Hell Yeah!
Venture Bros.
even birds love it.
Aug. 15th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
Not to add to the rabies scare, but the front page top headline story in the couier today is titled "Got bats? Beware, health officials say"
Sep. 12th, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
I decided awhile back that when I finally reach a level of life stability that allows for a cat, I will get a male cat and name him Henry. I just want to tell you this now so that you know, when the time comes, I'm not doing some kind of Single White Female routine or something.

Henry is the perfect name for a cat. Good job.
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