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Woman driven batty by pest in the bathtub; OAP thought she'd caught huge spider.

Byline: MAURICE FITZMAURICE

A COMMUNITY worker has told how he went to the aid of a woman left petrified by a giant spider - only to find it was a bat.

Umberto Scappaticci, known as Scap, rushed to help the elderly lady after she called in a panic when the furry creature turned up at her home in the Cloona area of West Belfast.

But when the community development worker with Colin Neighbourhood Partnership arrived on Thursday he quickly realised the creature had wings.

He told the Mirror: "An elderly lady called in an absolute panic. She told us she had trapped a massive spider in her bathroom and would someone please help her.

ld he e -"At first we were dubious but she sounded like she was hyperventilating and we wanted to help her.

"I went to her house with another member of staff and we were gobsmacked by what we saw. She r r nd ked w.

thought she had trapped a massive spider under a bowl in the bath but in actual fact it was a bat. "It had nestled in the plughole and seemed to be stuck.

ha "We didn't want to injure the bat so we called on some expert help in the form of HAPPY TO HELP Umberto Scappaticci and stuck bat Aidan Crean. Aidan is a local bird and bat specialist who has worked with us on outdoor events such as our Bat Nights at Colin Allotments in Poleglass.

"He gently removed it and took it with him to revive and release.

Aidan said: "He was a bit cold and scared but I managed to warm him up and feed him and he came round."

"I was able to return him to the Cloona area the next night, as it's important bats are returned to the location where they were originally found due to their internal sonar communication."

irish@mgn.co.uk

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BACK IN THE WILD Bat found in Cloona area of West Belfast

HAPPY TO HELP Umberto Scappaticci and stuck bat

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 9, 2017
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