We don't want it to die;-)
I asked for some photos of a garage door that needs widening. And the person
taking the photos spotted the bat.
The bat possibly had a distressed landing as it really pissed it down the
night before the photo was taken. There is some shelter given via the garage
Hehe. After what you said about it being a mouse with wings, I was just
reflecting on the fact that Germans call them flutter-mice.
I remember we went to the sister-in-law's house a few years ago, and they
had bats coming out at the top of one gable end. We counted well over a
hundred all coming out one after another. It happened the same time each
evening. An amazing sight to behold. They had to board off one end of the
left for them.
Was it a small one truly mouse sized? The young ones are flying about
now and they will fit through the tiniest gaps. One got into my house
last month through a gap I haven't yet found in the ceiling.
Young ones are preprogrammed to find a tree and climb up it if they get
stuck on the ground but unfortunately painted skirting boards are too
shiny for them to get a grip so they end up stuck on the deck against it
and unable to take off again. Adults can usually take off again by
gaining a couple of inches height but can get stuck in sinks or baths.
Don't assume that one that isn't moving is dead - they go into torpor
when they get too cold and will rapidly wake up and start to struggle in
the warmth of your hand. You have at most two minutes after picking one
up to return it to the roost before the tickling becomes unbearable.
Being wet is bad for them so a kitchen towel is useful to dry off one
that has been saturated by rain.
One that is still out in daylight could be rabid and needs to be dealt
with by someone from the local bat group who will have the right gear.
If you think they are impressive when they leave the roost with flight
muscles still cold try watching them come back at dawn after a nights
hunting. They arrive as a fast blur and you only see them briefly as
they stop dead against the wall and then scuttle up under the eaves.
No they don't. Pipestrelles can't really break the skin but all of the
others can and if you handle them then you should have an up-to-date
rabies certificate. It is against the law to disturb bats or their
roosts without a license. The big roosts in homes and churches at this
time of year are mostly mothers with their young.
We have a roost of about 200 in the attic and under the eaves. I just
put an old roasting tray underneath to catch most of their droppings.
All the larger bats can bite human skin and as such are a rabies risk. I
suppose you could be very unlucky and get bitten by a pipestrelle but I
think it is highly unlikely for an adult.
Strictly you are supposed to wait for a licensed bat handler to do
anything but I found this approach tends to fail since by the time they
arrive in the evening the poor unfortunate bat is already dead.
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