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© Arnoldo L. Romero
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Wildlife - The Pool Guest by Arnoldo L. Romero
Yesterday, my oldest daughter and I were going to take an afternoon swim, when she noticed what appeared to be a cluster of dried leafs on the pool ledge. I usually skim the pool on a daily basis, because of all the trees that surround it, so I told her I'd take care of it. To our surprise, it was a little bat taking a nap probably after a night of feasting on mosquitoes and other bugs in our backyard. I gently scooped it out with a leaf skimmer net on a long pole. It made a soft sound and opened its wings, so we knew it was alive, but it was very wet. I carefully rested it on the soil of a large pot with room for it to dry. We kept an eye on it from a distance, and after a short while, it was clinging upside down on the ledge of the pot. When my youngest daughter arrived in the evening, I took her out to introduce her to our pool guest. However, the bat had already flown away. I was sad to see that it was gone, but glad it was healthy enough to do so. I did a little research, and found out it was a Seminole Bat, a solitary type of bat in this area. In its memory, I did a quick pencil sketch in my art journal. Blessings!