We had a near drowning on Saturday morning.
Hubbs was cleaning the pool and found a bat
floating face down in our pool.
He grabbed the skimmer and scooped that little bat
out of the water and deposited him on dry land.
A few minutes of drying in the sun
and shaking the moisture out of his fur
and he was gone.
He seemed to suffer no ill effects from his little mishap.
Lucky for him, Hubbs was there to save him.
Until recently, bats used to sort of creep me out.
You know, all the vampire stories, and rabies,
not to mention the way they look....scarey!!
But what I have come to learn by living on the farm
is what a very important role bats play.
A typical bat can eat 3000 insects per night,
as he flies around with his sonar guided navigation system.
Unfortunately in the Northeast, bats are succumbing
to a fungal infection known as White Nose Syndrome.
This is especially concerning to me.
Without bats, we would be inundated with annoying insects.
So, next time you see a bat silently fluttering through the night sky,
try to forget the images of vampires that it conjures
and remember that 3000 pesky insects will meet their demise
with the help of
that tiny nocturnal mammal.