SSH& warns for bats in Sterrenbosch
Do you find a mosquito in your room annoying? Inhabitants of the SSH& Sterrenbosch complex are warned about creatures of quite a different calibre: one student had no fewer than five bats in her room.
Inhabitants of the SSH& Sterrenbosch complex would do well to close their windows at night. Those who don’t run the risk of waking up to find an uninvited guest in their room. Complex manager Gerie Verhoeven warns the inhabitants for bats. Students are advised to close their windows at night or put up an insect screen.
According to Verhoeven, it’s not unusual for a bat to fly into one of the rooms. But the latest complaint from a student really takes the cake. ‘She found no fewer than five bats in her room. She was quite panicky about it.’ The manager on call had to help her remove the flying night creatures from her room.
‘Well, they’re just looking for a place to sleep’, says Verhoeven. Removing them is tricky, though, because bats are a protected species. ‘You’re not allowed to hurt them in any way. And I’ve heard they can bite.’
Incidentally, Sterrenbosch is not the only complex to be graced by bat visits. Verhoeven has heard that at the Mariënbosch complex, they placed special boxes for the bats to sleep in. To prevent them from seeking refuge in a student room.