Woodburner surprise

The other evening I noticed that the glass in my woodburner stove was very dirty and having been told that the white ash is good for cleaning the glass, I thought I would give it a try.  I wetted a piece of cloth, applied some ash and began cleaning the glass.  While holding the door as I cleaned I felt something brush against my hand. As I pulled my hand away from the door…..this fell onto the hearth!!!

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It’s a Pipistrelle bat.

I can only assume that it decided to roost in the flue

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and had then dropped down and eventually crawled in to the stove.  I had not used the stove for about three weeks, but the bat could not have been there more than a couple of days  because it would have very quickly died of thirst.

It was not very lively, but I put some water on my finger and it lapped it with its tongue and for about 15 minutes it remained motionless.

pipistrelle bat-2

Then it started to look around and crawled around on my hand and finally launched itself off and flew into some trees.

 

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One thought on “Woodburner surprise

  1. Lucky bat.

    One thing though, bats can carry rabies, even in Britain, so if you find any more,gloves would be a good idea..

    Great blog.

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