Bat With Rabies Attacks and Bites Man Jamming in Forest With His Buds

Aleksander Chan · 09/15/14 02:10PM

Derrick Skou went camping with some of his buddies last weekend at Pinhead Creek in Clackamas County, Ore. They were just sitting around, playing some tunes when a bat swooped in, landed on Skou's chest, crawled up to his neck, and bit him. "Holy shit!" you hear one of his friends say. "That was a new one!!!"

Happy Halloween! Bats Will Kill Us All

Sarah Hedgecock · 10/31/13 03:38PM

As if you needed another reason to avoid bats this Halloween. Scientists have finally solved the mystery of where the SARS pandemic of the early 2000s originated: everyone's favorite flying mammal.

Rabid Bat's Oblivious Victim Roams Mojave Desert

Ken Layne · 05/03/13 07:42AM

A man attacked by a rabid bat in the Mojave National Preserve will probably die if not found and treated by health officials. Eyewitnesses say the bat landed on the mystery man's neck outside the desert park's book store at the Kelso Depot between Las Vegas and Los Angeles. The man wandered off, oblivious, and the bat fell dead from rabies.

This Week in Natural Disappearances

Mallory Ortberg · 12/22/12 01:06PM

Should you care to hear about the vanishing of bats, islands that melt under the relentless hand of time, and the problems facing modern birds, then this is the week for you. I even managed to scrounge up a bit of cave-related news, although I should warn you now, it isn't very good news. I never promised you I would only bring you rosy-colored cave information; I only promised to talk about caves as much as I possibly could before someone at Gawker Headquarters got wise and fired me.

A Bleak, Bat-less Future for Our Children

Caity Weaver · 04/10/12 08:45PM

Bats, America's most precious bat resource, have been dying like crazy over the past few years (a devastating 5.5 million in the Eastern U.S. since 2007) thanks to something called White-Nose Syndrome, which is not a euphemism for cocaine addiction but, oh boy, does it sound like it.

Has Super Broccoli Fallen Into the Wrong Hands?

Hamilton Nolan · 10/26/11 04:38PM

HPV boys! Chest X-rays! Aging secrets! Bat disease! Old pacemakers! Filthy surface! Coffee protection! Super broccoli! And gurl U no U better keep taking that birth control! It's your Wednesday Health Watch, where we watch your health—in technicolor!

Walmart Not Helping Little Girl Attacked by Bat Inside Store

Lauri Apple · 09/03/11 11:01AM

Five-year-old Zoe Zachrison and her mom were shopping in the frozen food section at a Minnesota Walmart when suddenly a bat swooped down and bit Zoe on the leg, traumatizing her forever and requiring her to undergo painful rabies shots.

Mysterious Flying Creature Grounds Flight

Brian Moylan · 08/09/11 01:09PM

It wouldn't be August without a monster attack, so we're going to try to invent one. Just what is this flying beast attacking passengers on a flight from Madison, Wisconsin, to Atlanta? No one knows!

Fun-Loving Scientists Invent 'Breast on a Chip'

Hamilton Nolan · 01/26/11 03:24PM

Old galaxies! Nabokov butterflies! Milk safety! Insomnia relief! Cell timers! Solar sails! Bat naps! Math extinctions! Ovulation dreams! Breast chips! It's your Wednesday Science Watch, where we watch science—wackily, come on!

Scientists Will Not Stop Until We're All Lizard Monsters

Hamilton Nolan · 08/06/10 01:27PM

Monster making! Russian warming! Frog mountains! Bat extinction! Multiple sclerosis! Hurricane season! Quantum entanglement! Pet meds! And Polish geologists! It's your Friday Science Watch, where we watch your science—while screwing in a light bulb, all alone!

It's Raining Bat Sh*t, Hallelujah

Rachel Simpson · 03/11/10 04:44PM

Billy the Exterminator describes an outcome of bat infestation that is among the more disgusting things ever uttered. Submitted for the approval of The Midnight Society, I call this story The Tale of the Poo Covered Congregants.

mark · 09/27/07 04:51PM

It's probably too early for Warner Bros. to start rolling out the promotional stunts, but we can think of worse ways to build buzz for Dark Knight than by releasing swarms of actual bats around the city. And even better if they're bold enough to do it indoors. [Curbed LA]