A terrified woman said a small bat had attached itself to her jeans and the video went viral.
Four million people have watched the video. Will the woman and her bat friend show up as a popular Halloween costume? It’s too soon to tell.
TikTok user tkazig showed off the mammal, who had affixed itself to the crotch of her jeans. She said she heard a squeak.
The woman panned down to her crotch and showed a sleeping bat, adding, “it’s a God d*&m bat. Stay outta nature.”
Asked by a social media user about what happened, she added: “All I know is that I took a step, heard a squeak, looked down and…”
In the social media comments, she explained what happened next. Her husband grabbed the bat, and he died of “cat-related injuries.” The cat tested “negative for rabies.”
She jokingly finished by saying, “RIP Vlad.”
Social Media Has A Field Day
One Twitter user saw the photo, and that was enough for her.
Well, er, not exactly.
Other TikTok viewers just rolled with the jokes.
“With wings for your protection,” joked one, while another quipped, “Y’all going too damn far with these Halloween decorations.”
A third added: “I think this takes accessorizing to a whole new level.”
The NBA Player And The Bat
Former NBA player Manu Ginobili knocked down a loose bat in the middle of a game between the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavs.
The bat showed up in an Oct. 31, 2009 game.
Play had stopped because of the animal, and the player swatted at the mammal to get it under control.
Ginobili later posted on Facebook about getting rabies shots.
“Just wanted to give you guys an update on the bat situation, the player said. “Not only for the fact that bats are (a) great part of the ecosystem, but also, because some carry rabies, which is an incurable disease.”
Bats Not So Bad
There’s no telling what that bat was thinking. On another note, bats are the only mammals that can fly. You can point that out at the water cooler.
While many have made connections to bats and the pandemic, the animal does have its uses.
According to the National Wildlife Federation, bats eat many insects and act as a natural exterminator in many world areas. In a New York Times article, scientists estimated that bats in the United States have saved people somewhere between $3.7 and 54 billion in pest control services every year.
For farmers, the mammal eats common bugs that go after pecans, almonds, rice, cotton, corn, coffee, sugarcane, tomatoes, cucumbers and beans.
The animal also pollinates flowers and spreads seeds for trees and shrubs.
So they all can’t be bad, right?