Batwoman to the Rescue
White has been inoculated, however, so she can handle bats and other wild animals safely. "If someone brings in a deceased bat, we just ship it on ice to Michigan State for testing," she explains. "When they come in alive, it's a little more of a challenge."
The county urges people who encounter a bat to capture it in a small container (like a coffee can) by placing the container over the bat, slipping a piece of cardboard beneath, and attaching these to each other with duct tape. White greatly prefers small containers that she can put, bat and all, into a glass induction chamber; this can be hooked up to an anesthetic machine, allowing her to prepare the animal to be euthanized. When bats arrive in larger boxes, they can escape--which is why the clinic asks people to leave them in the car for a technician to retrieve.
"We did have one gentleman bring a box into our lobby. He opened it up, and a bat flew out," says White. "He didn't think it was alive. When people tell me the bat is deceased, I no longer believe that and take caution."
[Originally published in March, 2013.]