In my job, one of my responsibilities is to oversee incoming trouble tickets and make sure the support staff is routing them correctly.
I was working on something when my co-worker Luis asked me about a particular ticket that had just come in and how to handle it.


There’s something you don’t see everyday. A trouble ticket about a bat loose in the building.

Even more distressing was this bat was on my floor.

I told Luis to pass it to facilities and to contact the facilities manager so she could contact animal control, which he did. But then he decided to go have a look and in the process of checking out the bat it took flight across the length of the 15th floor and buzzed my desk.

Did you see that episode of The Office where they discovered a bat living in the ceiling? It was the episode titled “Business School

I can now tell you from personal experience that having a bat flying loose in your place of work is not nearly as amusing to experience as it is to watch.

When it was reported as a barely moving, half dead bat I was just a bit put off, but mostly uninterested. Now that I could see the thing flying around the office I, of course, had to get in on the action. It eventually landed itself near the ceiling where the window blinds are.


As I was snapping a few shots for the record I did begin to question the sanity of getting too close to what could easily be a half-crazed, sharp-toothed, erratically flying rabies delivery system. That was when the Dwight Schrute quote from the same episode sprang into my forebrain:

“Whenever I’m about to do something, I think “would an idiot do that?” and if they would, I do not do that thing”

Animal Control eventually came and took the bat away.

Bat Terrorizes Local Software Company

8 thoughts on “Bat Terrorizes Local Software Company

  • March 24, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    We are on the top floor of our building and have had several bat infestation issues. They caught about a dozen one afternoon and you could always tell in which part of the office there was one flying around by the shrill shrieks…

  • March 24, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    We were on a bat-watching cruise last weekend under the Congress Ave. Bridge and we saw hundreds of thousands of bats, although not as closely as you did.

    Bats with rabies have the kind the paralyzes them in two hours or less, so they don’t move very much. Bat-on-ground: likely to be rabid. Bat-stuck-in-cave-that-people-work-in: not likely to be rabid, especially if it’s there for more than two hours and hasn’t died.

  • March 24, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    Awwwwww….. 🙁

    *loves bats*

  • March 24, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Glad you got Animal Control to remove the bat. I understand that you have to treat them very carefully and there is a specific manner to avoid hurting them.

  • March 26, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    the main question…did you scream like a girl? hehe

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