Thursday, August 12, 2010
Baby bat CSI
The fuzzy thing I felt in the pool strainer was a dead bat.
It was so small I thought it was a western pipistrelle, but on closer inspection I saw that it was probably an immature Myotis.
Was it roosting under the roof tiles of the house and fell into the pool on its maiden flight?
Or was it hanging from its mother's nipple and fell off when she skimmed the pool for a drink?
Any learned explanations out there?
(PS: I measured it and preserved it as an alcoholic specimen for the California Academy of Sciences.)