I went a little batty

Little Herman - This is one of 3 photos I took of Herman before setting him free.
United States
March 11, 2007 12:17am CST
Yesterday, I took a little drive to the Goody's store where I knew the local Girl Scouts would be gathered out front selling their delicious cookies. I selected some different flavors, paid for them and put them in my car. Then I decided to go into the Goody's store to see what kind of sales they had on women's clothes. It was the sign out front announcing 40 and 50% reductions on the regular prices and the fact that i could get an extra 10% off with my military ID that beckoned me to check it out. I made my way to the right side of the store near the back where I had always found clothes to my liking before. As I looked through a rack of blouses, I noticed some employees and customers scattering away from a rack of pants and matching shirts all letting out just a little bit of a squeal. I had to see what would have caused this reaction, so I walked back there. What I found was a little baby bat trying to crawl around on the floor under these clothes. Nobody wanted to go near this little guy. So, I asked an employee to get me a box and said that I would take care of him. The poor little guy had to be very confused and I kept thinking that he was so young that his mother must be worried. When I got the box, I used the flap on the top as a ramp and placed it a bit under him and he crawled right into it. I poked some holes in it so he would have air to breathe while I relocated him to a more suitable environment. The I was told there had been 2 little ones crawling around and so we looked and looked but could not find the other one. I suggested they call the animal aide department because with the clothes on some racks touching the floor, it was highly likely that the other had climbed up into a pair of pants or dress. It would not be good if someone were to find a bat between their skin and the material of the clothing they were trying on!I ended up leaving with just the one bat that we found, came home and grabbed my camera so I'd have a picture for my memories, named him Herman and then went to the police department to make sure I would not get in trouble for releasing him into the woods. The answer was no and so I found a nice place for Herman to be set free. I opened the box and he raised his little head up, like he was enjoying the breeze. I got a long stick, placed it a little above him and he grabbed on with his back claws. Then I took him to a tall tree, where he proceeded to climb. That little booger was a pretty fast climber to be so small!As he climbed higher, I smiled and said, you go Herman! I am not sure, but I think he may have turned and smiled back with a little wave. At least that is what I prefer to think. Herman now has a new home in the open where he can fly at night with the other bats I have seen gliding through the air. But I will never forget his cute little teddybear face and how tiny and helpless he seemed until he started climbing that tree.
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22 responses
• United States
12 Mar 07
Thanks for such a nice story! I'm wondering if you found out if they ever found the other bat? I've never cared much for bats, especially up close and personal. I had one caught in my hair once. I don't know who screamed more, me or the bat! LOL I think it would be my undoing if I tried on some clothes at Goody's and a bat was inside.
• United States
12 Mar 07
as of today they still had not located the other bat, I hope he is ok!
@magaw2tnk (103)
• United States
11 Mar 07
Aren't most girls/women affaird of bats? I guess we watch to many vampire movies and feel we will get bit. I do hope they find those other small bats, and I don't think I will visit the Goody store when I come to visit lol. Your an animal lover I can tell. Anyone who would get the bat, and take it home has to be. When I was there in GA, Traci and I would take a walk and would see the bats flying around as the sun was setting. When your not use to something like that it is amazing yet scary if they bite. At least you called to find out more on the bat, and released him to where he probably did smile and say thank-you.
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• United States
11 Mar 07
The only consideration I saw would have been rabies, but he did not act like an animal stricken with that. He was very mild and mellow and just needed a chance in his own suitable environment. He was never agressive and seemed genuinely happy to be free of that store. My hands never came close to him and I never felt any danger. I am indeed an animal lover, my heart has such a soft spot for most creatures. Had he been a snake, they would have had to beat me to the door! lol Now, I do not like them diving at me when I am out at dusk lol and I doubt that I ever try anything on at Goodys without giving it a good shake and search. lol
@afreddy (182)
• India
12 Mar 07
That was a wonderful act. Most women are scared of bats (most men as well) and would either scream and move away or try to kill the creature. Huggs for you.
• United States
12 Mar 07
wow i'm a dude and i dunno if i would've done all that. most people are afraid or dont like vermins. i think its awesome that you decided to help out the lil guy and more people should be like you. if you know wat ur doing then maybe you should give a course on stuff like this and make money while ur at it. i'm sure many people would rather know wat to do if they see something like that instead of screaming like an idiot.
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@meljessxena (2316)
• Australia
12 Mar 07
well glad someone was nice to pick him up and take to nice environment for him, he would of been confused and scared at that shop. i wouldnt like to be trying those clothes on and feel a bat in the clothes. i think you deserve an award for it or something. as you did good asking if about safe take him out to the woods. not many people out there like doing that
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• Mexico
12 Mar 07
By now you will have understood what we teach the boys and the girls in the scout movement. Hand claps for a jog well done.
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@giregla (148)
• Philippines
12 Mar 07
batty!
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• United States
12 Mar 07
I thinks something in us girls brings out that mothering instinct when we find a hurt or helpless little animal. I dont know if guys do this... anyways I have a few similar type stories. Twice when we were trying to kill off the bad mouse problem in our walls we would find live mice and wouldnt kill them. We'd take them to our local park to let them go. I am sure they were fine (and hopefully not eaten by birds). One time my sister went to put the mouse on the ground and it ran up her leg, it thought she was a tree! It was so dang cute and funny! Then there are the butterflies we set free. Lizards we rescued. Birds on occasion too. But I love the mice stories best. At least once we caught a caterpiller, kept it and when it turned into a butterfly we set it free. Ah freedom of nature! Something can be so sweet about letting a little thing go that it brings happiness to your heart for sure! And no I am NOT afraid of mice or rats. I dont know about bats but probably not. I dont really like spiders or beetles. But I do save snails and rolly polly bugs and stuff from being squished on the sidewalk (when I can). EW I do hate worms though *L*
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@cjsmom (1423)
• United States
12 Mar 07
That was such a cute story; good for you. I'm not afraid of little creatures, either. Don't really care for spiders but I can deal with them better than my husband; he had an entire nest of baby black widows fall on him when he was under a car repairing it. To this day, he won't go near them if he can help it.
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@k1tten (2320)
• United States
12 Mar 07
Awww, I would have done the exact same thing you did. I quite fond of the little buggers. Not sure why though. It might be the fuzzy aspect of them. Meh. I'm glad you found him instead of someone else just killing him. It's a shame to take a life when you don't have to.
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@royal52gens (5398)
• United States
12 Mar 07
Actually you did two good deeds. You supported Girl Scouts and you helped the bat. I am proud of you. I am glad you shared your story with us.
@katisaurus (1038)
• Canada
11 Mar 07
after an experience I had a few weeks ago, I'm mortified of bats. I was never really afraid of them but I was in my bedroom with my 1 year old nephew on my lap, and we were watching tv, when I saw him looking at something..so, I looked up, and there's a bat flying around my head! About a foot above me. God did I ever scream. I ran out of my room scaring my nephew because of how loud I screamed.It was horrible. Ever since then I've been horribly afraid to look in my closet. lol On the plus side, I'm glad you got that little bat to a safe home! I hope he's okay. :)
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• United States
11 Mar 07
Thank You! That is the kind of story that makes my day. (+)
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• United States
11 Mar 07
Good for you! Not many people would have been willing to help out a bat, much less two. I think it's great that you took the time to look for the other one. Hopefully they'll find the other one and set him free like Herman.
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@Aeval39 (774)
• United States
11 Mar 07
That's so cute! It was nice of you to free poor little Herman, he must have been terrified.
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@Kaeli72 (1230)
• United States
11 Mar 07
That remindes me of a lil feathered friend I had when I was about 9 years old. I found a baby Mourning Dove in my back yard and took him into my room. My parents knew about it. For one week I fed him corn meal and water. I'd take him on my hand and lightly tossed him in the air and watched him flap his wings and that was about it. For a week he shared my room and left "presents"... Then, on Father's day, he flew away and that was that. I called him "Feathers" and he was my baby bird. Thanks for the memories.
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11 Mar 07
aww,....thats just soo cute...!!! wen he growz up...he ll probably tell his grandchildren the tales of ur bravery and kindness!! ...the human who saved his life!! lol i wud hav probably ran in the opposite direction if i would hav been in that store!! i hate every kind of crawly creature!! :( pathetic aint i??!!
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• United States
11 Mar 07
Aww poor little thing. Bats definitely aren't my cup of tea, but at least you took care of him! Even though I don't like bats, I'm big on taking care of animals of all kinds, so I think I would have done the same thing.
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• Singapore
11 Mar 07
the bat looks so cute.... i would have kept him as a pet...
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@nancygibson (3736)
• France
11 Mar 07
Thats a lovely story, we get a lot of bats here, mostly pipistrelles but sometimes noctules and another species as well. The pipistrelles in particular sometimes get confused and come down the chimney and flap about the room a bit, I always feel so sorry for them, our buildings must be deafening to a bat with all the high pitched machinery we have about. Nice critters bats.
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