Well, I had a bit of unexpected excitement a little while ago. I decided to bring in the wooden screen I had bought a few months ago and start preparing to paint it. I had it in my carport leaning on the wall. At first I was going to just drag it into the house and vacuum it off., but then decided to first use a hand broom to clean off the cobwebs. I dusted off the first panel on the exposed side (there are 3 panels), then slowly started to open it to do the same on the other panels, front and back. As I work along, I spotted something fuzzy about midway down one of the panels. When I bent to get a better look, at first I thought it was a caterpillar, but then realized it was a bat!! Freaked me out! I grabbed a plastic bag and carefully removed it from the screen as it was alive. I then sat it on top of the trashcan lid and covered with a rag to keep it warm. I called my friend, Jackie, who co-runs a wildlife refuge center nearby and asked her what to do. She had her twin sister call me as she is a vet and could advise better. She called and told me it is not a baby and probably a juvenile. She said it would fly away at dusk and told me to place it where it could be able to crawl and take off. As she spoke, I heard a rustling and then saw the little bat (about 2 inches long and furry) crawl up out of the rag I had placed on it and suddenly fly up! It swooped around me a few times and I screamed. Then it flew into the backyard. I had taken a couple photos of it while waiting for the call, and here it is.
The end to the right is his/her rear. On the left is the head hidden under arms. It was only about 2-2.5 inches long curled up like this, but when it took off, the wingspan was about 4 inches.
Here is the wood 3-panel screen it was hiding in.
The tiny bat was near bottom of the second circular design between 2 panels.
I am so glad I decided to clean it outside!
I am planing to paint the screen. You will see that after I am done.
I love the carved design but do not like it in black.
So that is my story!
Bye bye bat!