This happened in LaGrange GA. We heard some crawling around behind one of the faux-wood shutters on our front porch. So I eased it back and saw this:

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If you can't make out the scale, the furry part was about 3 inches long. I didn't want him hanging out right there so I took the shutter off and tried to carry it to the woods but he jumped off. I videoed this:


He definitely had trouble flying but he didn't seem to be sick. He didn't look like a baby to me but I'm not familiar. Any idea what his problem was? He's currently either in the holly bush right next to the house or made his way to the woods in the back yard. I've heard horror storied about rabies so I avoided direct contact the best I could considering how cool this was to see one this close.

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    $\begingroup$ Rabid bats can't typically fly or cling upside down. (just like rabid squirrels and raccoons, for example, can't easily climb up trees). As a word of caution, you should never handle a bat you find lying on the ground because its chances of carrying rabies is much higher than one that is flying. Any oddly-behaving (or even oddly-located) bat should be assumed to be rabid simply for safety sake. $\endgroup$ – theforestecologist Jun 27 '19 at 18:48
  • $\begingroup$ However, your bat was found clinging upside down -- a normal behavior, and one that an advanced case of rabies would make more difficult. I'm assuming the lack of flying is due to either an injury you caused to it or simply because you woke the thing up by tearing apart its house. Imagine how you'd stumble about in the middle of the night if a tornado tore off your roof and an earthquake shook you out of your second floor window! $\endgroup$ – theforestecologist Jun 27 '19 at 18:48
  • $\begingroup$ Just an important note for those visiting this page: MOST BATS DON'T HAVE RABIES. For some more quick info: cdc.gov/rabies/bats/education/index.html $\endgroup$ – theforestecologist Jun 27 '19 at 18:53
  • $\begingroup$ Also, in case your link eventually dies, please convert a portion of your video to a gif to post directly to SE imgur. Try www.ezgif.com to convert and crop your video to an animated gif image. Thanks $\endgroup$ – theforestecologist Jun 27 '19 at 19:05
  • $\begingroup$ Good to know about rabid bats not typically being able to fly or hang upside down. For what it's worth, I was very gentle taking apart his house. Plus, I was there first. $\endgroup$ – Jeff Jun 27 '19 at 19:35

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