IS THIS NORMAL?!

There’s a little bat that’s on my front porch rn (my RING camera has it flying in 30 minutes ago) and it’s like 4pm and hot and sunny. I’ve never seen bats during the daytime so is it sick or lost? What do I do?

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  1. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    Again?

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      I have been seeing bats too

  2. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    Some people seem to say every time you're even close to a bat, there's a chance it bit you and you didn't notice. Then is it safe to even walk outside at night? You could be walking after dark and feel something brush against your skin, and you'd better not assume it's just a bug or spider web or something.

    And then there are other people who put bat boxes in their yard and don't mind them being right there when they're outside. Muh misunderstood animals that eat mosquitoes!

    So which is it? I can't decide how much fear is reasonable.

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      I'm no bat expert but what some ppl do is keep the offending animal under observation for 10 days and see if any symptoms show, this is if theyre lucky to catch the animal. But yeah if you wake up to a bat inside your house acting weird you're playing with fire since you wont know if it bit you in your sleep

      • 11 months ago
        Anonymous

        They give you the vaccine if there's a chance the bat could have bitten you in your sleep.

      • 11 months ago
        Anonymous

        Yeah, but is it possible to be bitten while awake and not notice it? Like after dark when you might not see it and assume it's nothing?

        • 11 months ago
          Anonymous

          You have to be pretty dense to not notice an animal bite that breaks skin.

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      I think it is mostly that a bat that has gotten in your house is probably sick or it wouldn't be confused enough to get in your house so if you wake up with a bat in your room its probably a good idea to get it. Random healthy bat doing healthy bat things is less likley to be a vector.

      Healthy ats shouldn't be getting trapped in houses, they have good 3d radar and aren't super moronic.

  3. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    Last update the bat is gone this morning! Hopefully it’s well and made it home safely.

  4. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    you guys are scaring me. There's always a bat at night perching in front of my door and poops on the wall. Do I seriously risk rabies? This has happened for the last 20 years and I'm fine. Do bats in europe have rabies? I thought it was only bats in africa that eat fruits no?

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      Its probably the same bat, as little brown bats live like 40 years and if he is roosting there he isn't in a dense colony that would spread rabies. If he acts healthy and isn't aggressive you are probably fine.

  5. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    What species is that?

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      I looked it up and I think it’s an evening bat? Here’s a google pic for comparison.

  6. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    This is the time of year new bats are born (pups).
    It may have been kicked out of the colony to make room for newborns and just doesn't know where to go.
    But 99% of the time a lethargic bat is caught in someone's home and tested its positive for rabies.
    If it's rabid it will be dead within 10 days.

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      It's almost impossible for bats to be rabid.

      • 11 months ago
        Anonymous

        >Bats are the leading cause of rabies deaths in people in the United States
        Why do you lie?

        • 11 months ago
          Anonymous

          Now quote the part where it says that bats are affected by the diseased they carry.

          • 11 months ago
            Anonymous

            https://wildlife.rutgers.edu/bats/rabies.html
            >Rabid bats do not become overly aggressive or attack humans. A bat with rabies will get sick, and may show abnormal behaviors, such as daytime flight, paralysis, or an inability to fly.

  7. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    >never seen bats during the daytime
    why is this btw? Are there any diurnal bats? Every other animal has both day and night versions. Even moths have species that are out during the day. So why are bats only out at night?

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      Only 10 of ~1400 species. The reason is they're adapted to hunt nocturnal swarming insects, which aren't nearly as active during the day.

      • 11 months ago
        Anonymous

        Some calculations show that a bat under a certain size has an overheating problem if they are diurnal. The fleshy wings absorb solar radiation and pass it to the body core unlike insulating feathers.

  8. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    one of two things happened here
    one: bat is sick and got kicked out of communal home
    two: bat is confused and was unable to get home before sunrise
    leave it alone
    it looks healthy and alert, it already bit you, just leave it be and it'll be gone in the morning and you'll be fine it's just a little nibble

  9. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    Just a reminder there is no cure for rabies, it is invariably fatal. Do not frick around with that bat.

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      https://www.nature.com/scitable/blog/viruses101/is_rabies_really_100_fatal/
      God has all the authority here. You die when it's time.

  10. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    >anon sees a bat
    >YOU MUST TAKE THE RABIES VACCINE QUICK IT BIT YOU BAT BITES CAN INVISIBLE

    Jesus chill out a bit.
    If bats can just bite you without you noticing you should all get the rabies vaccine if you live somewhere with bats

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      they don't need to bite you or draw blood to spread it, in theory if it sneezed on you that'd be enough

      • 11 months ago
        Anonymous

        >in theory if it sneezed on you that'd be enough
        But in reality nothing will happen.

        • 11 months ago
          Anonymous

          I just checked on it again I think it’s sleeping

          • 11 months ago
            Anonymous

            It will disappear as soon as it gets dark.
            These animals are nothing to worry about, people in the countryside, myself included have been living with them since forever. They have no desire to attack us and can only be dangerous if handled directly.

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      I'm pretty sure this is some kind of joke to get Americans to run to the hospital and rack up $1,500 a medical bill.

      • 11 months ago
        Anonymous

        I guess so.

        OP don't go take the rabies vaccine unless you think there's a chance it bit you without you noticing.
        And even than just take the bat with you and they'll test it with rabies, so if it's negative you won't need to spend money for a vaccination.

        you guys are scaring me. There's always a bat at night perching in front of my door and poops on the wall. Do I seriously risk rabies? This has happened for the last 20 years and I'm fine. Do bats in europe have rabies? I thought it was only bats in africa that eat fruits no?

        nah, rabies doesn't spread by aerosol. If it didn't bit you and you didn't touch it and scratched a wound or picked your nose then you're fine.

        • 11 months ago
          Anonymous

          no I never touched it, I only clean the wall from poop but always with disposable gloves and bleach

          • 11 months ago
            Anonymous

            you're fine

          • 11 months ago
            Anonymous

            yeah, you're fine, i did the other bat thread and went to the hospital to get a consultation
            when they heard i wore mechanix gloves and it never bit me, the physician and nurse both said i didn't need one

  11. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    Reminder that bats CARRY rabies, and are immune to the virus itself. So if a bat is acting weird, it's probably not because of rabies, although it may still be carrying the virus. Frickin thing probably has coronavirus (seriously).

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      Well what the frick what do I do it’s directly above my front door. I don’t want it dropping down on my head or anything

      • 11 months ago
        Anonymous

        You realize bats aren't actually vampires, right? If it's disturbed it will just fly away.

        • 11 months ago
          Anonymous

          Not if it’s rabid

          • 11 months ago
            Anonymous

            Bats are immune to rabies.

            • 11 months ago
              Anonymous

              That's birds. All mammals can get rabies. Bats are some of the most prolific transmitters of it, and their teeth are like needles. People have been bitten and later died of rabies thinking the bite didn't break the skin.

  12. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    >what do
    enjoy your rabies

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah, he shouldn't be out during the day. The little guy's almost certainly sick with something, and rabies is the most likely cause.
      Good way to see whether he is or not is to put out a bowl of water for him. If he's just sick or lost, he'll drink from it after you leave. If he doesn't, he's rabid (hydrophobia).

      • 11 months ago
        Anonymous

        I’m gonna do that. Appearance wise he doesn’t look visibly sick or injured. His coat is healthy, he’s not breathing weird or foaming at the mouth.

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