|"Hey ... what's this?!? I smell something on the underside of the deck! I ... I hear something!"|
It was really odd ... but I did have a vague idea of what it was! I decided I should call for backup, just in case there was trouble, like they do in the really cool detective shows I like to watch.
|"I need to call in the big guns!"|
Fortunately for me, Cam was right there, and was ready to investigate!
|"Is it what I think it is, Cam?!?"|
"Yes. Yes, I think it is! Hey! Hey, you down there!!!"
Can you guess what -- or should I say who -- it was?!? Long-time readers of the Ao4 Digest will probably get this one -- it was Bart!
Our great-brothers and great-sisters first posted about him in 2007. Bart is a little Brown Bat who lives under our upper deck! We can see him from the lower deck, but Mom hasn't gotten a decent shot of him yet this year. (Please click here to see a shot from a couple of years ago.)
Mom always is very careful to wash all the guano off the lower deck before we go down there, so we've never really gotten a good smell of him before -- but we did now! This calls for one thing, and one thing alone! A round of Crazed River Otter Games!
"Oh, no! It's a crazed rive--UMPH!!!!"
Cam was a little quicker on the draw than I was, but I jumped right in!
|"Gotcha, you little crazed river ott---"|
What fun! Who'd think you could have a bat AND crazed river otters on the same deck - right?
Mom is always happy to see Bart. Little guys like him can eat up to 1,200 mosquito-sized insects per hour! He's a great friend to have "hanging around" Ao4 Headquarters!