Teen discovers bat hiding in her bra

Abbie Hawkins, 19, spent a half-day at work before noticing that a baby bat was hiding inside her bra. From The Telegraph:
Miss Hawkins said she got dressed at 7.30am and arrived for work at the Holiday Inn Norwich North, near Norwich International Airport without noticing anything unusual.

"When I was driving to work I felt a slight vibration but I thought it was just my mobile phone in my jacket pocket," she said.

It was not until her lunch break, at midday when she felt a strange movement inside her bra, which had been hanging on her washing line the previous night.
Bat in bra (The Telegraph, via Fortean Times)


  1. Great, now I feel justified in checking my drawers twice before putting them on. Bats. You never know…

  2. Angryhippo – I’d agree on checking twice. I once discovered a wasp in a pair of boxers that had been drying on the washing line – fortunately I was only stung on the hip…

  3. Direct quote: “I keep thinking how could I have not known it was there?” Miss Hawkins said.

    My thoughts exactly! Note to self: go home and check every bra for small vermin….

  4. You can check for bats and bees and parasitic wasp larvae all you want, but they’ll still find a way into our clothes.

    Example (and this story is 100% true): I’m driving home from work one day last summer. I’m on a major highway (I-95) and have my front windows down. There’s a slight breeze blowing leaves across the road and I hear one of them actually hit the window (it sounded like a leaf crumpling) and I think nothing of it. A minute or two later I feel a stinging sensation on my left knee. Then I feel it again, and go to scratch my knee. I feel something inside my pants, on my knee, and instantly realized what happened.

    That leaf that I thought I heard wasn’t a leaf, but a bee, hitting inside my window and falling into my car. It fell to the ground and crawled up my left pant leg and made it all the way to my knee before it stung me. With my left hand I grabbed a handful of pants and held the bee in place for the rest of the drive home.

    You haven’t lived until you’ve been repeatedly stung by a bee that’s trapped inside your pants while you’re driving 70+ miles per hour on a major highway during rush hour.

  5. Norwich? That’s where I live! I can confirm that I’ve never found a bat in any of my clothes, just so you know this doesn’t happen to everyone in Norwich.

  6. I routinely find a specific cat in my underwear every morning. Its a weird cat.

    “You haven’t lived until you’ve been repeatedly stung by a bee that’s trapped inside your pants while you’re driving 70+ miles per hour on a major highway during rush hour.”

    how about being repeatedly stung in the armpit by a bee that’s flown up your jacket sleeve on a motorcyle? I’m surprised i didn’t shit myself.

  7. @Munkcy:

    You haven’t lived until you’ve been repeatedly stung by a bee that’s trapped inside your pants while you’re driving 70+ miles per hour on a major highway during rush hour.

    I nominate this for Quote of the day. =)

  8. @ cpt tim

    Me too! Except mine is 23 pounds and bites me everytime I try to take my underwear away. I’m also pretty sure I couldn’t wear him my clothes for half a work day and not notice him in there.

  9. I wonder what happened to the bat. If that happened in America they’d absolutely have to kill it, if it even scratched her, because bats can carry rabies. But in the UK, IIUC, they don’t have rabies, so they might have more options.

    The article doesn’t say. Probably not a good sign.

    Lesson I’ll draw from this is never, ever dry clothes outside on a line. Of course, where I live they’d be stolen while still wet anyway.

    Munkcy 7: why didn’t you just mash it, instead of trapping it against your leg?

  10. FYI – bees can’t repeatedly sting you, only the one time. When they sting, their stinger sticks into you and pulls out of their body, and then they die. Wasps and yellowjackets and the like, however, can sting you over and over and over and…

    My favorite time being stung was standing high up on a 14-foot ladder with a mud wasp trapped underneath my glasses repeatedly stinging my eyebrow.

    I’m really glad it didn’t sting my eyeball, though!

  11. @ Cpt. Tim #9: Wow, that’s definitely more intense and dangerous. How the heck did you keep control of the bike?

    @ Xopher #12: I actually didn’t pin it against my leg. I kind grabbed a fistful of pants in the knee-area and inside that was the bee. So it couldn’t reach my knee anymore but it also couldn’t get to my hand either. I’m not sure why I didn’t just crush it. Slipped my mind I guess. Once I got home, I got out of my car and just stomped my leg down on the ground and the bee feel right out of my pants.

  12. I will personally check bras for bats and other critters for a nominal fee. It should only take a few minutes each morning. My kiosk is located outside the subway station. Contact me for franchise opportunities.

  13. @Cpt Tim: I got a yellow jacket (sure as !@#$@! felt like one) down my shirt on my bike when I was sprinting to the train once. It happened as I was coming up to an intersection, and didn’t have thought cycles to spare thinking about it. I got stung four times in the gut before I figured it out and swatted the thing. That was really entertaining.


  14. @12

    Taken directly from the article:

    “The teenager’s general manager freed the bat in the hotel garden.”

    The bat got away! Yay! (There is something very Beatrix Potter about this, al la 2 bad mice)

  15. My friend’s girlfriend, one night, went to the bathroom and found a bat doing laps. She screamed out, of course, and my friend’s roommate killed it with a kitchen knife.

  16. It sounds like what we need is a bra-bat detection center. I will get on that right away. Ladies, come see me and I will inspect your bras and any other articles of clothing that you happen to be wearing for bats, rats, cats, and any other small creatures or insects. I am happy to provide this service at no cost to you, in the interest of keeping ladies’ undergarments completely bat-free.

  17. Bats are protected species in the UK, so releasing it was probably the best option. Hopefully it was old enough to look after itself, but releasing it near the original washing line would probably have been better.

  18. @ 7

    If it was a bee and it stung you, wouldn’t it die just from the first sting? I’m not doubting your story, I’m just saying that must be one tough bee to live through stinging you.

  19. Technically, the woman was commiting an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 by disturbing the bat’s roost….

  20. “which was the size of her hand.”

    There’s something very odd about failing to notice something the size of a HAND in your bra.

  21. @22 Ken Hansen, maybe you can use the “I have bats in my belfry” defence during your trial. ;)

  22. When I’m swimming in my pool close to evening, often I’ll have bats dive-bomb the pool. I am somewhat disappointed that none of them have seen fit to tangle in my hair. :)

    Bats are cute.

  23. @ Superlayne # 25: The bee was bigger than a normal honey bee, which made me assume it was a carpenter bee. However, I am not an entomologist so I don’t know 100% for sure if it was in fact a carpenter bee.

    I am told by the internet that carpenter bees do in fact survive their stings, so that could account for the multiple stings.

  24. Thanks, those of you who pointed out that I’m blind and/or stupid! :-)

    Seriously, I missed that on TWO read-throughs of the article. Sigh.

  25. Hanging your clothes to dry does let you get closer to nature, and it is sexy, but this is just taking it too far.

    It also saves a ton of energy and CO2 output. I’m just hoping this article doesn’t discourage folks from using all that free solar and wind power right outside their door.

  26. @KBlackwell # 35

    Not in the least. Not only is the bad teeth thing largely a stereotype, but Britain has phenomenal (socialized) health care.

  27. Young Man Discovers Bat Hiding In His Boxers, Signs Three Picture Deal With Raging Stallion Studios

  28. how about being repeatedly stung in the armpit by a bee that’s flown up your jacket sleeve on a motorcyle? I’m surprised i didn’t shit myself.

    I’d have sworn that happened only to me and never again in the history of the world. There’s no feeling like the sensation of a bee climbing up your arm as you search feverishly for a place to pull over and whip off the jacket, knowing that soon the insect is going to quit climbing and just sting you.

  29. How much padding does this girl wear that she does NOT NOTICE a bat cuddling up to her boobie?

  30. Well, now, don’t let the relatively low chance of bats in your bra discourage you from line drying your clothes. Butterflies and lizards are fairly abundant this type of year. You might get lucky.

  31. Neuralien @10, I agree that Munkcy’s line —

    You haven’t lived until you’ve been repeatedly stung by a bee that’s trapped inside your pants while you’re driving 70+ miles per hour on a major highway during rush hour.

    — is definitely a candidate for Quote of the Day; but I also have to admire Techdeviant’s

    Me too! Except mine is 23 pounds and bites me every time I try to take my underwear away.

    Down with context!

  32. Anti,

    Honeybee workers cannot repeatedly sting you. Drone honeybees cannot sting at all. Queen honeybees can sting repeatedly. With other species of bees, the rules change.

  33. I suppose I should give someone working front desk at the Norwich Hotel (whatever that’s like) the benefit of the doubt, but my first reaction was “how chavtastic”.

    Jaime Eastham, of the Bat Conservation Trust, said they had never heard of a bat being found in a bra before. But she said the animals roost anywhere that appears dark and safe.

    Oh to be a bat.

  34. Note that the bat wasn’t against her skin — it had slipped into a padded pocket inside the cup. This would make it rather harder to see and feel, I reckon.

  35. Clearly people are not taking their jobs as Federal Breast Inspectors seriously enough.

  36. A bat the size of her hand wouldn’t be a baby bat unless it’s a flying fox. Not very likely for England. This is a baby bat. (One of my rescues) Even the largest UK species wouldn’t have a pup much larger than that.

    I know rabies isn’t in the UK, or here in Australia, but there is disease called lyssavirus that is found in bat populations world-wide — even in the UK. A Scottish carer died from it a few years ago. Lyssa is related to rabies but is nowhere near as virulent or common*, so a bat’s bite or scratch in the UK doesn’t have the same inoculation urgency as in other parts of the world. Lyssa doesn’t affect bats but it is lethal in humans after the symptoms show.

    *0.01% of bats carry rabies, and lyssa is found in an even small percentage. But you have to treat all bats as carriers. Bugger.

  37. fox?

    Inspector Fox: Right. Hold it there.

    Man and Spreaders: What?

    Inspector Fox: Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Inspector Fox of the Light Entertainment Police, Comedy Division, Special Flying Squad.

    Man and Spreaders: Flying Fox of the Yard.

    Inspector Fox: Shut up! (he hits the man with a truncheon)

    Man: Ooooh?

    Spreaders: No, no, no – Waagh!

    Inspector Fox: And you. (he hits Spreaders)

    Spreaders: Waagh!

    Inspector Fox: He’s good! You could learn a thing or two from him. Right now you two me old beauties, you are nicked.

    Man: What for?

    Inspector Fox: I’m charging you two under Section 21 of the Strange Sketch Act.

    Man: The what?

  38. boobilisous, sorry. the paper here reported on someone returning from the south carolina coast and when he got home he opened his duffel bag to have a timber rattler that was clearly pissed off about hour ride showed him a thing or two. Too bad the killed the rattler for his temper.

  39. I am also having trouble reconciling the “baby bat” and “big as her hand” comments … if it was a baby bat tucked into a padded pocket, I guess I can see how she didn’t notice, especially if the bat was snoozing most of the time. if it was as big as her hand, she should have noticed and it couldn’t have been a baby …

    Ah, well. The comments are all hilarious anyway XD

  40. Dofnup @57: Presumably the wingspan was the length of her hand, so curled up it would be about the size of her thumb. And maybe she has small hands.

  41. This article is so much better if when you read it you fail to notice, as I did, the word bat.

  42. This is sort of amusing, but things could have turned out badly.

    Perhaps the garment industry needs to come up with a way to alert would-be wearers to the presence of bats. Perhaps some sort of signal

  43. So, she’s started on a series of rabies shots then?

    From what I understand if you ever wake up and find a bat is in the room with you you’re supposed to get a series of rabies shots just to be sure… since bats can bite you leaving no marks and end up killing you with the rabies they may be carrying.

  44. @9 Tim
    Bee up the sleeve while on motorcycle. That Happened to me too. And I didn’t know at that point if I was allergic to bee stings or not. Very distracting.

    Bats are sweet. I had one climbing around on me when it came out of hibernation early. They are really just mice with wings. I don’t understand why so many people are freaked out by them. Sure there are vampire bats, but they only take a little blood and ..you know… they have to eat too.

    Oh and after reading the posts above there is the disease thing too.

    I still think they are really cute.

  45. The “bee up the sleeve on a motorcycle” comments made me remember this.

    Man on motorcycle (and cops) vs. Banzai squirrel.

    I make no claims for truth or provenance of the story, but the link isn’t blocked by the corporate firewall, and no photos on the page linked appear NSFW, unless your employer has something against a picture of a Honda Valkyrie doing a wheelie with a (fully clothed) male rider.

    And it is very, very funny. (While also being very, very scary…)

  46. Good thing she wasn’t a member of the Osbourne family… (-Could just be a way to bring your lunch to work.)

  47. I once had a fly crawl into my ear whilst riding a motorbike. I had the visor up, twas a warm day, and I actually caught a glimpse of ‘it’ passing my eyeball.

    I then felt a tickle just below my temple. I was wearing a full face helmet that had a sculptured inner that left a channel to my ears.

    Before I realised what was happening I had the most extraordinary feeling just as I was entering a corner at 50 mph.

    It was not pain but all I could concentrate on was getting my helmet as fast as I can and ripping my ear off.

    The passengers in the cars behind me had a shock as I slammed on my brakes (without looking in my mirrors), it was all I could do to not jump off the bike without stopping.

    I jumped off the bike (after it stopped at the side of the road), threw the helmet across the verge and stuck my finger (still in thick gloves) in my ear. As you can guess this didn’t work and at the time the feeling of what ever had crawled in meant no logic was being applied the the final solution.

    My next attempt was to bend over sideways with the affected ear to the bottom and bang myself on the opposite ear. How I didn’t do myself an injury I don’t know but nobody stopped to see if I was all right; they probably thought it safer to put their foot down and get out of there.

    This again didn’t work and I then stood upright and realised that I might be better off taking off my gloves.

    As I was pulling of the gloves, ‘it’ crawled out of its own accord and flew off.

    My ear canal felt very odd for a long time afterwards but at least I had regained control of my synapses.

    Then I had to retrieve my helmet out of the long grass a long look to make sure nothing else had crawled in.

  48. Spoon 62 (but there is no spoon): This is in the UK. As far as we know rabies is not endemic there, even among bats.

  49. I lived in Norwich for several year, and we have description for stories like this: ‘Normal for Norfolk…’

  50. This hoax is metastasizing. Heard a squib on NPR this morning.
    To reiterate, that is a plastic bat in the pic.
    Real UK bat pics at:
    Same woman, same plastic bat, even more obviously staged:
    Addie may have found a baby bat in her bra, but when media showed up hours later, they “re-enacted” the scene with a rubber bat.
    …Or something like that.
    Pescovitz, you have been duped.

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