Louisiana Woman Forced Out of Apartment by Bats. Bela Lugosi was unavailable for comment. Excerpt:
Kiara Keasely, who was living in an apartment in the New Orleans suburb was basically forced out of her home when bats that had been living outside the building decided to move inside. She told WVUE, “I decided to move out, pack my stuff and move out because the exterminator wanted to open the vents to free the bats but I didn’t want them to be over my furniture so I moved everything out.”
An exterminator has removed more than 200 of the little guys from the apartment, and plans to release them outside of town, as is required by state law that mandates the bats not be killed. In the meantime, building owner Wendy Whitsett is working on preventing more from coming in.
She told the station, “We closed the windows, we sealed up the building wherever they had holes so they can’t come into the building. We caulked the whole building.”
Bats are normally pretty inoffensive little creatures who spend balmy summer nights gulping down millions of mosquitoes and other nasty insects. On the other hand, they are a known rabies vector. You really don’t want a few thousand of them bumming around your apartment, drinking your beer and eating all your Cheetos.
In other sort-of science news: Getting Shot in the Face is Bad. I believe the appropriate response is “no shit, Sherlock.” Excerpt:
Published this month in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, “Gunshot wounds and blast injuries to the face are associated with significant morbidity and mortality: Results of an 11-year multi-institutional study of 720 patients” brings scientific precision to the common-sense proposition that bullets to the face are really bad.
Well, at least that’s cleared up.