Woman Finds Bat in Christmas Tree

06 Dec

Photography by Gracie – © All rights reserved

Tue Dec 5, 7:42 AM ET

Sheila Kearns had a Christmas tree delivered to her home on Sunday. She says she thought she’d been pricked by pine needles when she reached into the tree while decorating it. But the next morning, she found a bat hanging upside down in her home.

It turns out that the Christmas tree farm Kearns bought from keeps bats around for pest control and that one unwittingly hitched a ride to her home.


Animal control officials picked up the bat, which tested negative for rabies.

Kearns got a tetanus shot and some antibiotics, but says she’s not fazed. She says she’ll keep buying her trees from the same farm.


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3 responses to “Woman Finds Bat in Christmas Tree

  1. frankwinters

    December 6, 2006 at 2:29 pm

    Nature has a way of reminding us — often when we least expect it — that it is everywhere, even in a tree cut down for a Christmas decoration! I’m glad the bat and the woman are ok. (I guess bats don’t make a good household pet, eh?)

  2. naturalhigh

    December 6, 2006 at 3:41 pm

    That was a surprise! I bought an organically grown tree this year but the people selling it wrapped it tightly in twine. That may have discouraged bats who wanted to come along.

  3. Gracie

    December 7, 2006 at 12:42 pm


    Isn’t that so true? It’s really kind of cute when you think about it although I don’t care to have a bat included when I pick out my tree this year. I might inspect a little further after reading this story.

    Natural High,

    I think you are right, haha. The twine may have been your saving grace in keeping the bats away. 🙂


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