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Useful Information

In which we discuss what to do with a dead bat


Given that lots of random people come across this site, usually looking for the wrong thing entirely, I thought it might be an idea to post more Useful Information on here occasionally. So: here you are. Today’s Useful Information post is:

What do you do if you find a dead bat?

If, for example, you should get up one morning and find a dull brown blob on the doorstep. Looking closer: definitely a bat. I could see its arms. Now, I can’t imagine the cat managing to catch a bat. He’s heavier than he used to be, and I don’t see him being able to jump up high enough. I’ve seen him watch them flying round the garden, but catch one? No way.

So, it must have been a dead bat, dragged home. Which isn’t really good, considering bats can carry nasty diseases. So I looked into what we should do. And, if you’re in Britain, this is what you do:

1. Phone up the Bat Conservation Trust, who will send you an envelope in the post.

2. Post the envelope off – ignoring the “where are you going with my bat?” looks the cat will give you – and your dead bat will be tested for rabies. I’m not sure, at the moment though, if you ever hear back to find out if your dead bat was indeed suffering from rabies, or if it was just a bit peaky and didn’t fancy a drink. We’re keeping an eye on the cat, just in case. The Bat Conservation people advised: don’t let the cat out during dawn or dusk, but I don’t see that happening without serious upset and possible life-threatening clawings. And there you have it: this site has useful information on it for once. Hurrah!

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3 comments on “Useful Information”

  1. Dimitra says:

    I have a question: what do you do with the dead bat while you are waiting for the envelope? Yuck…

  2. Kahlan says:

    stick it in the fridge. :-p

  3. Forest Pines says:

    We left ours in the garage. The envelope came the next day, fortunately.

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