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Bat Cave Report
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 • Posted July 11, 2012

We have had lots of memories made at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve over the last few weeks. Ms. Batty has had her pup or baby, as have the other millions of mother bats that come from Mexico to this maternity cave to give birth. They all seem well and await your visit.

Couples came from all over the United States to celebrate their anniversaries at our wonderful bat cave! Fifty years, thirty years and twenty five years topped the list for most years married. What a testament to memory making!!

We also had a young man, Max Jurek, name a bat. He picked the cute name, "Rasty", for his tiny, little mammal. Max, I am sure that Rasty will be one of the happiest bats in the colony after getting her new name! Make sure that you have your family come back to check on her. Max’s grandparents are Phil and Chris Hancock from right here in Mason, Texas. Max came all of the way from Santa Cruz, California just to name a bat! Well, he might have also come to get a few hugs from his grandparents.....

California is a long way from Mason, but you really have to appreciate one couple that has come to visit two years in a row. They come from England. Yes sir, Jennie and Matt Browne not only came two years in a row, they came two nights in a row this year. Now that is a memory!

For memories, here is a real, "make your heart dance" memory. On Saturday, July 7th, a seventeen month old young lady visited the cave. When I netted a bat to show the audience, she was just the most excited little gal you ever saw. Her mom told her it was a bat. In just a matter of a few minutes, Ms. Juliette Havens said, "bat" for the first time....WOW!!!

You have to witness the smells, hear the sounds, and see the sights to understand the beginning of what will be one of the most awesome adventures in your life. Join us soon at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve. The bats are still emerging around 8:30-9:00 P.M. This is very late for this time of the season, but with all of the rain I suppose they don’t have to go far to get a full tummy. I give an educational presentation at 7:30 P.M., so come on out and begin your bat education at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve. For other information, call the bat hotline at:325-347-5970. See ya at the cave!!

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