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Old 5th February 2013, 17:49   #1 (permalink)
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A strange visitor!

Last night, just about twilight, a bat flew into our apartment - after a wee bit of chasing it about, we managed to persuade it to leave via the patio.

Having sometimes seen bats flitting around, outside the patio, it wasn't a total surprise. What was a surprise, however, was that its 99% certain that this bat was living in one of our wall cavities.

I've always been led to believe that these beasties live in colonies - does anyone have any info on bats in the Aegean Region (i.e. Bodrum Peninsula) and do they present a rabies risk?
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Old 5th February 2013, 17:54   #2 (permalink)
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Re: A strange visitor!

I had one squat in my folded down sun canope a couple of years ago. It was a sandy orangy colour. My Turkish friend told me not to touch it - he said it was dangerous.
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Old 5th February 2013, 19:25   #3 (permalink)
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I had one squat in my folded down sun canope a couple of years ago. It was a sandy orangy colour. My Turkish friend told me not to touch it - he said it was dangerous.
Probably because some blood sucking bats carry rabies.
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Old 5th February 2013, 19:35   #4 (permalink)
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Probably because some blood sucking bats carry rabies.
I know its been windy but its unlikely any have come over from Central/South America whereblood sucking bats are normally found.

We found one squatting in our house a couple of years ago. It was a devils own job to get it out as with its inbuilt radar it evaded all of our attempts to waft it towards a door and went in its own good time.
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Sorry what I meant was that because some bats carry rabies, then they all get accused of carrying rabies, which is just not so.
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I agree, mind many warm blooded animals can carry rabies but like bats the large majority do not
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Re: A strange visitor!

in some countries bats can carry a rabies related virus..and in fact some bats in the uk have been found to carry this type of virus which can be fatal to a handler.

if a bat is easily caught it maybe that the animal is ill as usually they keep away from us .. a bite or a scratch from any warm blooded animal that may be ill in this part of the world its advisable to see a doctor and get vaccinated

İn Turkey the fox population is the bigest source of rabies
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Re: A strange visitor!

There are 32 Species of Bat recorded in Turkey.

Some bats form colonies, these need not be large though some may be only 6 to 10 individuals however some bats are solitary creatures.
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Re: A strange visitor!

We had lots of bats flying in and out of a tiny gap in one of the pillars on our patio. We really enjoyed watching them but haven't seen them since last September. They are really very tiny. I wonder what happened to them.
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Probably hibernating and you will see them as the weather improves. In the UK they are protected and if you want them removed you have to agree a regime with the Local Authority which includes putting up bat boxes in identified locations and only sealing up the existing openings at specific times of the year
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