Recently, there has been a new addition to the ARS family: a small colony of bats. The majority of the students and staff became aware of the bats during the morning assembly when a bat made an appearance during Ginger Rodriguez’s senior speech. Shortly after, one of the bats made a second appearance during senior night for cheer, basketball, and dance. Students and staff alike have theorized about the bats, but there has still been no closure on the situation. So, I decided to get to the bottom of the bats to set the record straight with an exclusive interview with the first bat to make its public appearance at Ann Richards.
“First off, I’d like to say that I wasn’t trying to disturb the assembly that was going on when I flew out my home and what I think is referred to as an AC unit. I was actually trying to get to a funeral service being held for a raccoon that had died in the band hall, so you can imagine my surprise when I realized where I was,” Battany the bat said.
The bat went on to further explain why he and his family had decided to nest at Ann Richards.
“You know, it’s been hard finding a place to stay. Our old home was the abandoned storefront of a Blockbuster, but just recently someone bought it and is turning it into a Soul Cycle, and that’s when we knew we would have to find someplace else to live. Before we came here actually we had heard rumors about Ann Richards, that it was a place for all rodents alike, but, you know, we always thought it was some kind of vermin legend, a place like that couldn’t actually exist,” Battany said.
Though Battany and her family had their reservations about searching for a new home, they knew it was worth a shot to search for a place like Ann Richards. Among many rodents, the Ann Richards School has become a symbol of the promised land. It is a place where rodents don’t have to hide in fear; they can happily coexist with humans.
“We heard stories about whole families of raccoons living in the ceiling and making their bed out of old textbooks and jackets from the lost and found. For all rodents that was the dream. Of course, we thought it was a long shot but we decided to give it a try, and here we are,” Battany said.
The small bat colony has made Ann Richards their new home and intend to stay here as long as they can.
“We really love it here. There are so many other rodents that have also made Ann Richards their home too. Though we have only been here a few weeks, I truly feel we’re a part of the community. Just the other day, for example, we were invited to a party that was being thrown by a possum under the bleachers. We are just so grateful to live in a place like this and plan to stay here for well as long as we can,” Battany said.
The colony has been welcomed as a part of the Ann Richards family and has been humbled by the positive embrace they have received from the other animals that preside at Ann Richards.