While I was putting on my shoes this morning and about to head out the door for class, Phoebe just started meowing hysterically at the window in the living room. At first I ignored her, because she likes to yowl at birds and she's a general drama queen anyway. After she did it long enough, I decided to go and see what she was so enamored with. As it turned out, there was a little brown bat hanging on for dear life at the top of my window. I sat there for a second and watched him move all around the window, struggling to get a decent grip until he finally let go and plopped down on the bottom of the window sill. I knew that the poor thing had no earthly business being on a third floor apartment window sill with no shelter in the freezing cold when he was supposed to be in a warm, dark hole hibernating. I called someone at the Animal Ecology department on campus to find out what I should do, and the guy referred me to the small animal clinic over at Vet Med. They told me to bring him in if I was ok with handling him. I'm not a prissy girl when it comes to cute, fuzzy bats, so I said I'd be glad to do it. It was hard to get the window open, though, because that's where the air conditioner was sitting and it was screwed into the window frame. By the time I got it open, he disappeared. He's in one of two places right now. I went outside to see if he had fallen off the ledge and into the snow. There was a fresh hole with some...er...tracks that led under the porch. I looked around down there, but I didn't see or hear him. I figured that would be a good place for him anyway, considering that it's warm and dry, so I left him alone. There's a second possibility, though. He could be snuggled up in a little cavity-hole area under our air conditioner. I keep hearing weird scratching noises coming from that general direction, and the cat still won't leave the window. It's really impossible for me to get to him there, so unless he comes out on his own, I can't do anything for him.
I missed class for all this drama, but he was just so darn cute. I couldn't just leave him there to freeze to death and die. Plus, they're nocturnal animals. He didn't belong there in broad daylight.