Monday, August 19, 2013

bat whisperer added to my resume

I'm back from chasing the rainbow.
I got home late last week from a marvelous trip to see family and friends.  Though I love my home in the woods it's awfully hard to leave sometimes.  Lest I get a little too nostalgic and sad, I kept myself busy upon my return.  I've been dyeing wool (samplers will be in my shop shortly), hatching more guineas, climbing to the summit of Mount Washmore, and being the bat whisperer.

This little guy, who I believe is a Silver-haired bat, was clinging to the side of our pool.  The kids spotted him when they went out to swim and THANKFULLY they knew not to touch him and came to get me.

Poor guy couldn't get a grip on the slippery wall so I put on a flannel coat and some thick work gloves and approached him cautiously.  I tried to scootch him up the side, hoping he'd take off on his own when he hit the top but he started sliding down again.  I urged him to crawl into my gloved hand and carried him over to a tree in the shade (and here's where the bat whisperer comes in) whispering "please don't bite me in the face and give me rabies".

He didn't show any interest in biting me and instead climbed up the tree with his saggy baggy bottom looking like a little kid in a sleeping bag.

Last night I sat at dusk and watched his relatives swooping over the front yard and hoped that he was among them.  Marvelous little creatures.

Happy Monday, all.  I hope your week is off to a good start.


Starr White said...

We found one of these little guys inside our house a couple of weeks ago! Have no idea how he got in or how long he'd been there, but he was frightened and exhausted, poor dear. We escorted him outside and released him on an obliging tree and said a little prayer for his recovery.

Michelle said...

He looks pretty thin; probably could have used a boost of water and mealworms. (All I've learned about caring for bats comes from this blog:

Nin Leavitt said...

What a lovely, feel good post! I'm so glad you rescued him and the kids thought to get you to do it. Bats are curious little critters... They do look like little kids in sleeping bags! LOL I think that is cute. Thanks for making me smile :)

ariadne said...

I too found one but died very soon unfortunately!By the way I just ordered your wool and hopefully it will work better on my stones than the local I bought.AriadnefromGreece!

ninimakes said...

I can hear you whispering, it's making me giggle.
During one very hot summer we had a bat fly into our bedroom when I was just nodding off. I told my sleeping husband and he said I was dreaming, then it flew past and skimmed his hair. I'm sure I don't have to tell you how much fun it was watching him screech like a little girl ;)

Margie Oomen said...

your resume must be getting very long

Karen Traversy said...

It must be bat week, I had one in my house in the daylight. I funnelled him outside whispering similar words to yours!

julierowanzoch said...

Thanks for sharing this - we had just started discussing bats here at home (CO) because the city is spraying against mosquitos again- Grrrr! We liked one residents' suggestion to put up bat boxes instead!

June Caedmon said...

Good for you! There are a lot of myths out there about bats, as there are with most creatures we don't understand. Might be a fun learning experience for you and the kids. Bats are critical to our environment. Great shots! Thanks for sharing :)

Sonia / Cozy Memories said...

You never cease to amaze me my friend ! You are simply amazing. Wishing I had been there to see you do this all !
Your hand dyed wool rainbow is just gorgeous & I hope you'll sell loads of it !
Sending you big hugs


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