Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Early Halloween Guest

It's not the greatest picture ever taken in the history of man-kind, but that blurry thing inside the plastic container is a small cute bat being very angry at being caught. The rock face is the fireplace in the kids playroom.

You can kind of see the mouth and the three-inch-long fangs bared, ready to spill the blood of its captors. What you cannot hear is the furious roaring of its mighty mouth, but if you mentally visualize the old MGM Lion, you can kind of imagine what it didn't sound like.

I have no idea how it actually got into our house, but with a graceful flick of the red construction paper, I got it just barely out the door, and it flew away.

Bye bye, little bat.

27 comments:

Farhadix said...

hmmm...

Daniela Benício said...

Nunca vi ninguém conseguir pegar um morcego =O

Bradley J. Willson said...

The new mascot for 3.0? ;-)

theBuCeFaL said...

nice =) little Bat

300s said...

How did you put it inside the box?

Doug said...

Linus,
Check with your local animal control, I believe they will recommend rabies shots for the family. Not kidding. Rabies is pretty common in the bat population in the U.S.

Amblin said...

Second what Doug said, you really need to check with animal control. A bat in the house is serious.

NoName said...

It looks cute! Maybe it's not clean, though...

Andy said...

Wow Linus. dissecate it and keep it as a mascot on your desk :D (Anditosan)

천성길(Chun Sungkil) said...

Bat is a clean animal. You are lucky because it cannot live where air is polluted.

Eri said...

So Batman finally attacked the Penguin...

davidg said...

I had to do that a couple months ago. My father in law was despondent that I didn't kill the poor thing and kept saying "Well, don't say I didn't tell you. You didn't kill it, now it's as if you've sent an open invitation, you'll have a bunch of those living under your roof in no time at all".

No need to say it didn't happen at all!

Jessica @ One Shiny Star said...

LOL! How big was it?

I wouldn't worried about rabbies unless you touched it, it bit you, or it pooped in your house. lol. You breath the air they fly in, and haven't gotten rabbies yet!

Linus said...

Doug/Amblin: nobody touched the bat, and it certainly didn't bite anybody (unless it was really sneaky and flew around undetected with its fangs dripping blood the night before).

It also flew around inside and appeared perfectly healthy, so it wasn't even a case of some sick bat that was lying on the ground etc.

The Canadian CDC equivalent stopped recommending rabies vaccination last year unless there was "obvious contact". The US CDC also really just says that it should be considered if there is direct contact, and "can be considered" if there might have been contact unknowingly (ie "woke up with a bat in the bedroom").

So hey, maybe we're all going to die painfully. But it doesn't seem likely, and the CDC guidelines don't really seem to say that we should worry.

Linus said...

Oh, and btw, if it wasn't clear, I may have exaggerated the ferocity of the bat just a tiny bit.

It was clearly not happy about being caught, and made a hissing noise in the plastic container.

But it didn't really have three-inch blood-dripping fangs, and it didn't really roar and try to chew its way out of capticity.

And while you can see its blurry open mouth in that picture, there was no human flesh actually present in it. That lack of human flesh may not be clear from the crappy photo, so you'll just have to trust me on it.

Alan said...

You are not supposed to do that sort of bat testing on the kernel...

Tony said...

Obviously this is a sign from above (or somewhere). Cue dramatic music ... an omen!

This is the end of the age of Sheep on Meth. Time to update the kernel name:

5c5
< NAME = Sheep on Meth
---
> NAME = Roaring Bat with three-inch-long fangs

Jason said...

"I have no idea how it actually got into our house"

Well from how you describe the bat, it probably just kicked the door in.

Tim said...

Might want to call for a chimney sweep, and ask them to check the cap and the flu.

MrCorey said...

I've been trying to attract bats to our yard so that they can take care of the dog-sized mosquitoes around here. Hopefully, he will stick around nearby but stay out of your house. :-)

Fran said...

It looks like it's time to call Manu -The Bat Slayer- Ginobili! Just in case...

MatheusMK3 said...

Nice visitor, Linus... =P
I'm really asking myself how he entered your home...
BTW, no chances of rabies, where I live we see lots of bats on the night...

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parkerkrist said...

this is really shocking and you are brave enough to manage to through that devil outside the house. i hat bats ,they are not good sign..keep them away..
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bmq said...

"..i hat bats ,they are not good sign..keep them away.."

Actually, in Chinese culture bats are something of a good luck charm, I have been told.

Muhammad Ridowan said...

A penguin bite you and you made penguin linux's mascot. Luckily the bat don't otherwise it would give batman a headache :P

Sarai said...

Ha ha - loving the mixed reactions to bats, also the notion that the bat was really going to chew at you was hilarious!

Maybe it was a vampire! :D