Saturday, July 26, 2008

On Babies and Bats

The little bee dress and knickers are all finished and in a little while, I'll have Bryce Eleanor (who spent the night) model her new outfit for a fashion shoot.

Kimy of Mouse Medicine likes bats (she delights in small rodents) and in her comment about the bat-face cuphea, she mentioned this fact. I have loved bats ever since reading The Moon by Whale Light by Diane Ackerman, which I highly recommend if you are interested in essays about bats, penguins, whales, and crocodiles written with " with the precision of a scientist and the soul of a romantic" according to School Library Journal.

In October of 2006, I discovered a way to adopt injured bats through Bat World (Thanks again, One CrabApple!) and adopted Bert for granddaughter Mila. The Bat World Sanctuary is a "rescue, rehab, and release" sanctuary for bats. Above - Cleobatra, an Egyptian fruit bat with toe injuries. Here is Cleo's tale.
And above is Miss Kitty and her story.

Such homely faces...why are they so endearing?

Must include this poem (I know I've posted it before but...)

The Bat

By day the bat is cousin to the mouse. He likes the attic of an aging house.
His fingers make a hat about his head.
His pulse beat is so slow we think him dead.
He loops in crazy figures half the night
Among the trees that face the corner light.
But when he brushes up against a screen,
We are afraid of what our eyes have seen:
For something is amiss or out of place When mice with wings can wear a human face.
Theodore Roethke

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