Who ya gonna call?

Okay, so we’ve had baby scorpions and a biscia (non-venomous grass snake) enter our home unannounced, but a pipistrello?! Yes that would be italian for bat, and I think this is about as much excitement that we’ve ever had in the chestnut forest. Somehow it fell or flew into the chimney from the 2nd floor, and went down the flue to our ground-level apartment where it traversed the remaining 6 feet into the stove’s main compartment. If not for the constant tapping sound that it made, we would never have known. Tap-tap-tap; sending out an S.O.S.

And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door,
That I scarce was sure I heard you’ – here I opened wide the door; –
Darkness there, and nothing more.

Sorry, I was feeling a little Poe-ish there. We weren’t sure how it would react when brought outside into broad daylight – I mean, where does the phrase “blind as a bat” come from anyway? Fortunately it had no problem flying off when the MotH gently released it in a shady spot under the plum tree. Apologies for screaming into your ear halfway through the clip. Honestly, I was terrified that it might bite or try to attack or something.

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8 thoughts on “Who ya gonna call?

    1. Rowena Post author

      That’s a hard call….I absolutely LOATHE those B-52’s!!! No wait, the super huge cane spiders were just as creepy too, and the huge centipedes…aaaach! Too much creepy crawlies in the islands.

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    1. Rowena Post author

      Imagine waking up in the middle of the night to get a glass of water, eyes half open, and then out of the corner of your eye you spy this insect that does NOT look like any spider or ant that came into the house. It sure woke me up!!! 😯

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  1. kat

    eep! when we lived in company housing, they used to have teeny bats in the vents….aaagh…glad you were able to get this guy out safely.

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    1. Rowena Post author

      YIKES! I tell you, it was just the weirdest thing to see it clinging upside down in the stove. You know, I was thinking rabies, or whatever kinds of disease it might be carrying – blaaaaah! Good thing MotH was here because I would never have dared to open the door. 😕

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  2. xpat92

    Hi Rowena,
    Fascinating! Pipistrelle!! We don’t have those here where I live. Once, D & I were in a Church in Touraine; went in, & after, we wanted to close he door that was ajar. The door “squeeled”; a pipistrelle was behind it and we had (without knowing) pinched it’s wings. It was tiny and looked like yours. We reclosed the door and it agrily flew into the belfry! Nous sommes désolés…

    An interesting encounter :).

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