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What a day!

Started out innocuous enough; got up, came back to my home office,
started working.

Amy walked in and asked if I'd seen the note that Ken left us on the
dining room table when he left for school this morning. I hadn't, so she
showed me:

"There is a very cute bat in the North East corner. That's probably why
the cats are flipping out. (in the kitchen. it's very early) Animal
control # xxx-xxxx or xxx-xxxx".

Sure enough, in the upper corner of the kitchen, there was a freaking bat
sleeping! Called animal control, and they sent out the one officer they
have who HATES dealing with bats. She came into the house with a coffee
can and a net, but then realised she'd left the lid for the coffee can
with some birds (to hold water for them). Ultimately she radioed another
officer who came out, and the two of them got the bat (who was very upset
by this time) out of the house.

They noted we had cats, and said "you should take your cats to get rabies
shots within the next 24 hours, just in case they got bitten; bats are
notorious for being rabies carriers. We'll test this little guy, but we
won't know the results until next Tuesday or Wednesday at the earliest.".

Well carp.

I had to go and get an allergy shot today, so we packed up and headed up
there; I have to stay for 30 minutes after the shot just in case I have
an adverse reaction. Came home, got the cats all into carriers, and
headed down to the vet.

$700+ poorer now, since we figured they're all there, we might as well
get all their vaccinations up to date and have tests done as well just to
make sure they're OK in general. They were due for a checkup anyways.

Back home, shower, shave, and off to dinner. A coworker had a gift
certificate for a local restaurant that she wasn't going to be able to
use (it expired today) and she gave it to me. I think it's the most
expensive meal I've ever had, but it was VERY good. Still, I'm glad we
had the gift certificate to offset over half of the cost. 🙂

All this and I'm taking next week off, had a few actual work-related
things to do today, but that darned bat threw the schedule off for
everything. Well, nearly everything. I do take my laptop to the
doctor's office, so I can do some document work and whatnot while I'm
there, and I was able to get some of the things done.

It's a good thing it was a big dinner, though - that was breakfast -
neither of us had eaten all day, what with the "excitement" of dealing
with the bat...

Jim
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The most expensive meal you had was at the Rodizeo Grill?


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>>one officer they have who HATES dealing with bats.


Must not like to play baseball. That's the only reason I could think of
that someone doesn't want to step up to bat.


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On Sat, 01 Sep 2007 06:48:36 +0000, Sewermonger wrote:

> The most expensive meal you had was at the Rodizeo Grill?


Nope, that was cheap compared to La Caille....

Jim
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Re: What a day! BATs dangerous

Jim,

don't think this bat is not a serious problem.
good reason to not take this lightly.

I'm located in Texas. Last year one of our highschool kids died from
RABIES.

He was sleeping in his bedroom and his aunt opened door to get him up in
the morning. There was a bat flying over his head. They chased bat away.

A couple of weeks later, he is taken to doctor being sick. Then a day
later he was sicker. Then sent to children's hospital where they
diagnosed rabies. This made national news. He lived almost a week. And
it was a horrible death.

Once he was diagnosed, his girl friend had to get rabies vacinnations and
I believe 20 boys from the highschool football team also got rabies
treatment.

Bat bites are so small you can't tell you were bitten. Hopefully, they
will quickly give you results on bat. I think it cost $200+ to test each
bat.

What I have learned is bats not in correct places should be suspected of
being sick. 5% of all bats are rabid. And don't get in close contact
with bats. Anytime a sleeping person is found with a bat then it is
assumed that the sleeping person could have been bit.

Lin

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Re: What a day! BATs dangerous

Yep, fortunately we all sleep with the bedroom doors closed, but yeah, we
did take the cats to the vet and got their shots all updated and are
having tests done. Animal Control is also testing the bat for rabies;
we'll know next week if it has it or not.

They believe that it flew in through the chimney (time to get it
screened) - there's been a lot of demolition work downtown of older
buildings, which is the sort of place they like to live. Haven't seen
another around, so pretty sure it was here on its own. But we're keeping
our eyes open.

Jim
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Re: What a day! BATs dangerous

That is good you are seriously taking precautions.

That makes sense and could be a valid reason this bat was looking for a
new home.

You should be in good shape since you immediately acted on the situation.

My eyes were really opened when the highschool student got sick and died.

I think where I live they say the bats eat enough mosquitoes and insects
nightly to fill two large trucks. So, they do a lot of good too. I think
our area is seeing a population explosion of bats. They've been finding
lots of bats in our school buildings.

I remember one morning they found a dead one in the library. Probably got
trapped in the building. No rabies.

And understandably people are a little more paranoid about the little
critters now. 95% of bats are NOT rabid.

lll

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On Sun, 02 Sep 2007 02:36:18 +0000, lll wrote:

> I think where I live they say the bats eat enough mosquitoes and insects
> nightly to fill two large trucks. So, they do a lot of good too. I
> think our area is seeing a population explosion of bats. They've been
> finding lots of bats in our school buildings.


Same thing here - the animal control officer said that down in Midvale
(about 20 miles south), they've had more bats because of a lot of
demolition work (old schools, apparently). There was a little demo work
done in downtown SLC, and that's where we think it came from.

They do a fair amount of good with insects as well - we don't get much
here in the way of mosquitoes, but there are plenty of other bugs. I
just never even thought we might have them here - but apparently they're
pretty much everywhere.

> I remember one morning they found a dead one in the library. Probably
> got trapped in the building. No rabies.


Finding dead animals anywhere around is disconcerting; we've had a
raccoon and a couple of feral cats. The latter was the most disturbing;
we'd seen the raccoon around late at night, and it was injured, but we
couldn't get anyone out to catch it.

> And understandably people are a little more paranoid about the little
> critters now. 95% of bats are NOT rabid.


Yeah; I think there's also something about just having something flying
around inside your house; people get freaked out about birds getting into
their houses as well. We had that happen once in our old house.

Jim
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Re: What a day! BATs dangerous

That's interesting, our health authorities claim there have been only 5
cases of rabies caused by bats, worldwide.

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Sheesh! No kidding, sounds like a heckuva day.
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Re: What a day!

Fortunately, now that I'm on vacation, things have slowed down a bit. 🙂

Jim
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Re: What a day!

Jim Henderson scribbled something like:

> Fortunately, now that I'm on vacation, things have slowed down a bit.


They did for me last week, paying for it now however. <G>
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On Tue, 11 Sep 2007 17:32:41 +0000, Stevo wrote:

> Jim Henderson scribbled something like:
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>> Fortunately, now that I'm on vacation, things have slowed down a bit.

>
> They did for me last week, paying for it now however. <G>


As they are for me today. Just got through my *first* pass of e-mail
from the last week.

Jim
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Jim Henderson scribbled something like:

> As they are for me today. Just got through my first pass of e-mail
> from the last week.


I only got thru that a couple hours ago, figure it will be at least
another day before I'm somewhere near caught up.
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On Tue, 11 Sep 2007 20:42:52 +0000, Stevo wrote:

> Jim Henderson scribbled something like:
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>> As they are for me today. Just got through my first pass of e-mail
>> from the last week.

>
> I only got thru that a couple hours ago, figure it will be at least
> another day before I'm somewhere near caught up.


Well, *caught up* is another matter, it's mostly identifying the things I
need to act on now and the things that I don't need to act on at all.

Jim
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