UK Museum Finds Cute Bat in Its Rare Book Store Names It

first_imgStay on target The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) recently found a live bat in its archive, and the internet can’t get enough of the adorable critter named “Merlin.”In November, the bat was discovered hanging out by the ceiling of the MERL’s rare book store. The staff called Rose-Ann Movsovic, a retired librarian and MERL volunteer, who is also a licensed bat worker. Movsovic took Merlin “under her wing” and on Feb. 24, the MERL posted an update on the rescue operation and the bat’s— The Museum of English Rural Life (@TheMERL) February 24, 2019When Merlin was found at the museum last fall, a quick inspection was conducted to determine his species. It turned out that Merlin wasn’t actually from the area: According to the MERL, Merlin appeared to be a Nathusius’ pipistrelle bat, and these species typically hail from the Baltic states. Additionally, Merlin’s genital area was also a key indicator of the Nathusius’ pipistrelle species: It was shaped like “an albino hedgehog,” the MERL wrote in a tweet.First things first is to check the gonads, which confirmed the bat is a boy.Male bat genitalia look like, and we quote, ‘an albino hedgehog’.#NSFW— The Museum of English Rural Life (@TheMERL) February 24, 2019Merlin’s wing venation and ratio of forearm to 5th finger were also observed. The bat’s wings appeared to be in good condition, considering that he was stuck inside the archive for at least a day.We thought the bat was a type of pipistrelle, and after examining the ratio of forearm to 5th finger, and wing venation, it turns out to be a Nathusius’ pipistrelle.— The Museum of English Rural Life (@TheMERL) February 24, 2019Currently, Merlin is still under the care of Movsovic and he will eventually help scientists study the migratory behavior of his species. Under a project license, Merlin was provided a tagging ring, so he can give scientists more information on his movements in the future.Merlin will need a little more time to recover though: The MERL said the bat will have to get used to self-feeding, gain some weight, and engage in more flying practice before he’s released.Visit the MERL’s Twitter page for more updates on Merlin, including photos and facts on his species.More on Awesome Places to See Bats by the MillionsWatch: Dead Humpback Whale Found in Brazilian JungleBizarre Fish With Human-Like Teeth Baffles Farmers in Argentina Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ last_img

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