Yes, I know I just had a race yesterday, so I should be resting. But today involved a fair share of cross training. A kind of cross training that I have never done before. And hope to never have to do again. It involved hunting down and catching a bat in the house. Yes, a bat. *Shudder*
I woke up early this morning on account of not being able to sleep because of my sunburn. As I sat on the couch, I heard some scurrying noises. Upon investigating, I found the bat behind the bedroom door. I quickly propped open the front door and went to try and chase it out. Unfortunately, I lost sight of the bat and didn’t know if it was in or out of the house. Never a good place to be. We closed off as many rooms as possible and hoped to find the bat. I called a critter control company, but they charged about $200 for an hour of looking for the bat regardless of whether they found it or not. The guy even said that chances are he wouldn’t find it and that there weren’t any tricks. So, if all he was going to do was look around, I could do that.
I searched high and low trying to find the stupid thing. The most likely place of hiding is the basement because half of it is unfinished with exposed beams. If I were a bat, that is where I would hide. Nevertheless, we were unable to find the bat.
As the night wore on, we were beginning to think more and more that bat may have gone out the front door when we weren’t looking. I was in the middle of typing an email to my mom to that affect when Jennie gasped and went, “Oh my God!!!” It was back! And flying in the dinning room behind me.
I was able to knock it down in the hallway with a tennis racket. Don’t worry, I didn’t swing for the fences or anything like that. I just held out the racket for it to fly into. Once it was on the ground, I put a bucket over it. The bat is now safely outside on the deck in a bucket with holes punched in it (and probably confused as hell).
Capturing/getting rid of the bat was problem number one. Check. However, there is another problem. Because the bat was found in a room with sleeping individuals, according to the state of Michigan, the bat should be tested for rabies as bat bites are not always detectable. Unfortunately, animal control is closed on the weekends. We called the police department, but they didn’t have any advice. At 10:00PM on a Sunday, there really isn’t much we can do. So, the plan for tomorrow is to call both animal control and our doctor when they open for their advice. The chances of rabies is extremely small, but as it is fatal if not treated, is a cause for concern.
Problem three is inspecting the exterior of the house for holes that could have let the bat in in the first place. It looks like that is how I will be spending my Monday. Searching for any hole the size of a nickel (yes, they can squeeze through that small of a space) or larger. YAY! (sarcasm).
I’m finally off to bed now that my heart rate has returned to normal. I’ll leave you with a couple of video clips for your viewing pleasure.