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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Bats in the Library

More from the Smithsonian -- and a lot more relevant to The World of  the Written Word, though it still relates to normally repulsive animals.

There are libraries in Portugal, it seems, that welcome the presence of their resident bats.  The bats eat the insects that would gnaw into the priceless old books, and sing in their peculiar way when it is beginning to rain, and are pleasant residents altogether.  There is the problem of their droppings, which are collected by special animal skin covers that are laid over the old, old tables at night, and which have to be shaken and cleaned by the librarians every morning, but it's just part of the job, undertaken cheerfully.


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