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Bat Cave Report
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 • Posted July 15, 2009

Is there anything bugging you today? Does the heat, loud neighbors, or insensitive relatives push your buttons to the limit? If so, then you need to take a lesson from The Eckert James River Bat Cave ladies.

With approximately four million adult females and four million pups (or baby bats) sharing space in this small cave, the heat gets pretty intense. In one square foot of space on the ceiling and walls, four to five hundred bats will reside. Now that is truly maximizing space to the nth degree!

Since all of these are related in at least a small way, it shows that large families can still dwell together in a somewhat peaceful manner. Since there is always loud “talking” going on inside the cave, it is difficult to determine if there are feuds among the group or if this constant chatter is just a normal routine. I was at a family gathering several years ago and everyone was talking at the same time. Some upped the pitch to be heard, but everyone but me seemed to be listening and quite remarkably, UNDERSTANDING every conversation that was in progress. Having had that experience, I realize that families can be very loud, but still very peaceful….thus we have the bats at The Eckert James River Bat Cave.

Still bugged? Hold your horses for one tiny Texas minute! If you want to talk being “bugged” then we still have you beat at The Eckert James River Bat Cave. On the floor of the cave are literally billions of bugs. Not just any bug mind you, but flesh eating bugs that would love to drop in for a quick meal. In reality, they would love the bats to drop so that they can have a quick meal. In as little as 3-5 minutes, a bat can become nothing but shiny white bones should they fall to the bottom of the cave.

The next time you feel bugged by the heat, neighbors, or relatives, reflect on the lives of our dear bat friends and you will know that problems that seem insurmountable are in reality just a daily occurrence at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve! Come on out and see for yourself how peace resides among chaos. Don’t let the little ups and downs in your life take a “bite” out of your family enjoyment. Join us at the cave for a Texas-sized fun time!

For time of emergence and other info, call 325-347-5970. See ya at the cave!!

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