What do you do when a little brown bat shows up on your front porch with a major snowstorm predicted? First, we called our local wildlife rescue. Unfortunately, at the time, the law wouldn’t allow them to accept bats. The good news, in North Carolina, the law changed in 2020 and bats can now be rehabilitated. After some brainstorming, we decide to call the world’s expert on bats, Merlin Tuttle. We met Merlin and his wife, Paula, on an amazing trip to Austin. You can read about our adventure with Merlin & Paula to see 15 million bats in our blog, “World’s Most Mammals”
. Merlin picks up on the first ring. He counsels us to put it in a box in a heated spot (using gloves in the very remote chance it has rabies), let it rest and warm-up and then see if it will fly away after dark. But there is a snowstorm coming… We really have no other choice and bats will live through snowstorms, Merlin tells us. After letting the bat rest and get warm, Dale takes the bat outside on the end of a shovel. As he lifts the little bat toward the sky it flys off. Hooray! I still worry about it with the storm coming, but at least we give it a chance. Bat rescues can be tricky, but this one seems to be a success.