The Sick Bat

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Once, I did something that could have had deadly consequences. At the entrance of the garage of the apartment building where I lived between the ages 14 and 24, in the neighborhood of Alta Córdoba, I found a bat hiding between two steps.

 

The first that came to my mind was that if someone sees it, they would definitely try to kill it.

 

So I grabbed it by its tail, carried it three floors up to the terrace of the building. The problem was that the bat wasn’t really fond of the idea and was twisting and trying to bite me. I then tried to shake him to keep its head away from my hand.

 

Finally at the terrace, I put it down on the ground, took a few pictures of it and since it couldn’t fly, I hid it where the water tank was in the hope that it would manage to fly away by nighttime. What I learned with the years was that a bat that doesn’t fly and is in plain sight during the day is very sick.

 

This kind of animal can transmit the rabies virus, a life-threatening disease, which, unless you receive a vaccine within the first hours of the bite, cannot be stopped. Fortunately, I wasn’t bitten, and since then, I’ve never held a sick bat without wearing a good pair of leather gloves!

 

 Author: Helena Arroyo

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