Bat In The Sack


By Constance Doyle, MD, FACEP

She came in with a chief complaint of “needs rabies shot”

Her story: She said she was placing clothes in the washer when something bit her on the hand.  She looked to see if her cat was in the washer and seeing that she was not, slammed the lid and ran the wash twice to be sure that whatever animal it was dead.

Then carefully looking through the clothes while putting the clothes in the dryer, she found a limp and dead bat which she fished out with kitchen dishwashing gloves.  At that point, she pulled a paper sack out of her handbag and set it on the counter.  We went on with the physical and discussion of rabies testing and vaccine, when I noticed the bag was slowly moving in and out like something was breathing and the sack was rattling.  I had visions of the creature getting out and flying all over the ER, being a nightmare to catch, exposing both staff and other patients as well as becoming a liability for the hospital.  The normal bat containers, empty paint cans were in storage, and I knew that someone would have to go to the locker and get one taking at least 15 minutes.   I needed a container now.  I ran next door to the trauma room and grabbed a large suction canister and lid and put the sack in it.  Now to humanely be sure that the bat was not a threat, we found a bottle of alcohol and poured it in through the suction hose connection.  At least it could die in an alcohol stupor.  The bag stopped moving and the paint canister arrived and the whole canister fit inside without opening it and off to the health department.

You just can’t make this stuff up!

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  1. #1 by Robert Fawcett - January 2nd, 2018 at 00:56

    I had the nearly same thing happen. A women came in after she opened the dryer and found a dead bat amongst the clothes. I guess they must somehow fly into the exhaust opening.

  2. #2 by Jamie applebee - January 16th, 2020 at 09:30

    Scares me with all the coyotes running around our property.

    Jamie of Septic Service Cincinnati Ohio

  3. #3 by Fencing gresham - April 7th, 2020 at 13:31

    Thanks for sharing this!

  4. #4 by concrete cutting - April 7th, 2020 at 13:46

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  6. #6 by Pittsburgh DJ Services - April 15th, 2020 at 17:57

    Thank you for sharing! This is great!

  7. #7 by - July 27th, 2020 at 09:03

    Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

  8. #8 by Virginia LLC - July 27th, 2020 at 09:14

    Hmm. I wonder what the meaning is.

  9. #9 by greenville chevrolet - July 27th, 2020 at 09:16

    I had the same dream. It still confused me until now.

  10. #10 by contact us - July 27th, 2020 at 09:19

    Oh no! This is such an experience.

  11. #11 by click here - July 27th, 2020 at 09:24

    This is thrilling!

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