|Pictures from www.rakerace.com, allatvilagunk.hu, and www.bats.org.uk|
Take our house. The entire attic is filled with the constantly squeaking, thumping, dirty little creatures. And as the ceilings in our rooms are made of wooden slats with openings to the attic, the bats generously share their guano leftovers with us on a daily basis, too. On the floor. On top of my mosquito net, and filtering down to my bed. And into any unattended glasses. (It's always wise to check your glass before consumption...)
|a view of my mosquito net and floors on a regular basis|
|The end result of our guard's efforts. I'd say no bats were harmed in the making of these pictures, but, well, I'd be lying.|
More recently, the beautifully-crafted, mice-like creatures have found ways from their otherwise preferred upstairs abode into our living quarters. My roommate, having lived in Musomaland for longer, is more experienced and adept at such maneuvers. The other night I came home to see this:
Last night, though, made me realize just how ill-adept I might be for life in the Land of Tanz. I've survived tarantulas,
I stepped into the shower and heard a familiar squeaking sound, more than familiarly close. Turning, I looked up at the doorway I had just passed under and... there it was. I wish I could say it looked like cute little Stellaluna. But no. It's brown curled-up hunched-over disgustingness sat on the trim above the door that I had just walked through. I won't pretend I didn't freak. I'd seen them before lifeless, but never this close... and never turning to get a better look at the two-legged, no-winged creature that had just entered it's newly-claimed domain.
Since I was alone late at night by myself, I opted for the "close-the-door-put-a-towel-over-the-crack-and-take-a-bucket-shower-instead" tactic. And as I lay in bed contemplating the dilemma, I was more inclined to swallow my pride the next day and ask a guy to come help me than trying to get rid of this
The next morning I called a friend, who bravely entered the battle zone with a mosquito racket. After a thorough search our little winged friend was proclaimed missing. The good news: I could now take a shower. The bad news: Who knows where it might pop up next? As I started preparing for said shower, I took yet another glance at the drain, and found... this.
The scene quickly turned to this:
After another call to my friend, I was finally able to enjoy a shower in my own home.
Either that, or these little rascals seriously need to start helping with rent...