"As I mentioned before, village life gave me an insight into nature that had been completely lacking in the town. Animals
were no longer a mystery to me. One morning I looked out of the bathroom window and saw a bird floating in the large
rainwater tank that was installed on the top of the kitchen roof. When I climbed out to have a look I found to my delight that
it was a still-living bat whose sonar must have been off-course during the night. I fished it out, dried it and put it in a box
where it stayed for most of the day. I left it a saucer of milk and other chewable delicacies, which didn't seem to interest it.
Then, remembering pictures I had seen of bats hanging upside-down I strung a cord across the open end of the box and
hung its claws on the cord. I was positively thrilled when the bat hung upside down on the cord as though it belonged there."
Copyright - John Peirson 2000