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Bat Cave Report
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012 • Posted July 18, 2012

I was driving out to The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve on Saturday and realized that something was wrong with the batmobile. It wasn’t rattling, creaking, rocking, banging, or bumping as it always had on the trips out to the cave. I started to pull over and as I glanced around to find a safe place to pull over, I noticed “it”. “It” being the road. It was bladed smooth. I no longer had to worry about breaking off a tooth with the bumps. Thank you road crew. I thank you. I know that my dentist thanks you and all of the visitors to The Eckert James River Bat Cave thank you.

Speaking of dentists, Dr. Glenn Ruthven brought out his grandchildren and one of their friends to watch the emergence this weekend. Paige, Wendi, and Brayden Yim along with Chris Jones watched the wonderful, albeit, late emergence of the bats. I know that they made a lot of memories and when Wendi named the bat that I netted and showed to the audience it sealed a bond that will last a lifetime. “Jackie”, the little Mexican free-tail bat was excited to have the name given to her and she rejoined the emergence with a renewed vigor. She knows that Wendi and her family will be back to check on her over the years to come.

The bats are still coming out a little before 9’oclock but the show that they put on causes a unique fluttering of excitement that is hard to explain. Don’t wait, come on out and join the fun. You don’t have to have your dentist out to appreciate the warm, glowing smile from your pearly whites as the lady bats make their way into the soft sunset.

This Saturday, July 21ST is the Early Morning Return at The Eckert James River Bat Cave. Call the bat hotline (325-347-5970) for reservations to this event so that you don’t miss out. See ya at the cave!

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