Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Just in time for Halloween.

The other night I heard a little "scratch-scratch" coming from inside the fire-place. Hmm. A mouse? IN the fireplace? How would it get in there?



"Come down here. . ."

"There's something making noise in the fireplace? I think it's a mouse"

He grabs our videocamera to use the light on it.

"Um, yeah, NOT a mouse."

"What is it?"

"It's a bat."

"WHAT??" As he begins to OPEN the fireplace doors, and I quickly leave the living room "I'm NOT watching this."

He grabbed his gloves and took the bat back outside (my HERO!). The bat was making some great cries and Matt said it was trying to bite through the gloves.

I have no idea how or why it was in there. . .does it prefer to eat ashes? We also have a nice grate/cover on top, I guess it was small enough to sneak inside.

Now fastforward to last night. . .Matt has his big flashlight out for something else and decides to take a peek up the fireplace. . . .check it out.

Here's what he saw. . .

Now, I promise the thing was NOT that big (maybe the size of the small part of your palm). Apparently my husband is an expert on bats, because he quickly said. . ."It's dead, hanging on the damper." I however, was not convinced and left the room again when he got out his 9-iron to knock it down. I did stay close enough to listen for him to scream like a girl when it flew out. . .but I stood corrected. Dead. Eww.

p.s. When he first came and showed me a picture, I smiled at him and said "could you get a better picture for my blog??" thanks honey, it's all for the bloggers.


Deb said...

Oh my goodness!! I think I would have flipped out. Me and bats don't get along.

Kage said...

It can DIE hanging upside down? whoa.

We had a wood-buring stove growing up and birds got stuck every winter. They were never happy about it. We had to wait all day long for Dad to come home and take care of it. The worst was the time he just opened the cover and let it fly around the house. Talk about girly screams...

kteuscher said...

Matt- On behalf of all the bloggers, Thanks for the picture!!

Kristi said...

Yikes- hopefully it doesn't have anymore friends!

Rachelle said...

and I love the Mar family vacation tee shirt! -- now post pics of the Mar family! : )

The CEO said...

EW! Matt is certainly brave. Why when I get close to rodent type things do I get squeemish? Sheesh! Great pic, by the way!

Mary Ann Carlile said...

Um, yeah, did I say I was coming visiting teaching Thursday night? Consider that canceled...;)

Ahnah said...

Oh man! I can't believe it was hanging upside down dead! When I was probably 15, 2 bats got into my bedroom one summer through a hole in the window screen. I woke up because one LANDED ON MY ARM! My dad actually slammed one in the door and caught its wing. They called pest control to come get them. Lets be bat buddies ok?

Drewmeister said...

What a good husband to get the picture for your blog and then to take care of 2 bats :)