Going Baty!

Bats are a fact of life in Mackinaw. The flighty, black creatures have a tendency to love our laundry room area. At 8:30 a.m. I started to go into the laundry room. I looked into all the corners of the area around the door for the winged, black bats. I noticed two sleeping quietly. So I opened up the laundry room screen door then promptly screamed. I thought the scream was loud enough to wake the dead, but my husband, Lynn, sitting in the office didn’t come running. A bat had some how gotten onto the inside of the screen door and when I opened up the door, it flew right at my face. I ducked and it creased the top of my head. That’s when my scream rended space. I went into the laundry room and called Lynn and asked him if he heard me scream. He said , through the laughter that he had but thought if I needed help I’d let him know. I firmly told him that he had to come and get the bats away from the door so I could return to the lobby. As I was talking to him, I noticed that there was another bat on the inside of the laundry room door. I slammed the steel door and told him to come and get them! He was laughing outside the door and then he called me from the lobby and told me that I would have to wait till all the bats settled down. I said, “What do you mean ALL THE BATS”? He said that there were at least four bats flying around and they were not to happy that I had disturbed them. I waited in the hot laundry room for about ten minutes. Lynn was able to take the protesting bats, one at a time, and release them into the state park next door. We had never seen so many bats at one time before and I am not looking forward to seeing them again…unless they do the laundry!

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