People watching movie with a live bat

Live Bat Steals the Show in Theater Screening of “The Batman”

On March 4, The “Batman” audience in The Moviehouse & Eatery by Cinépolis, Austin, Texas, were surprised by an unexpected cameo by a live bat that interrupted their screening. 

Theater managers were forced to stop the movie and the audience waited as attempts were made to catch the bat and animal control was contacted. Eventually, the managers offered the audience a refund, but most guests chose to stay to enjoy the rest of the movie, along with the guest bat.

Actor dressed at the batman

Where did the bat come from? 

It is thought that this was a prank; perhaps one fan thought it would add to a more authentic “Batman” experience. The Moviehouse manager, Heidi Deno, explained that there would be action taken to prevent any similar incidents in the future. She said, “We will be adding additional security and checking all bags upon guest entry.”

Is it safe to be inside with a bat? 

Thankfully, it is reported that no one was scratched or bitten by the bat on this occasion. If they had been, this “funny prank” could have had a rather more serious outcome. A percentage of bats in the US do carry rabies, and whilst the percentage is small, the risks should not be ignored. If left untreated rabies is a fatal disease. In fact, according to a news release by the CDC, approximately 7 in 10 rabies deaths in the US are the result of contact with bats. 

We don’t share these facts to scare our readers but we simply want to spread awareness that a bat should never be used as a prop or play-thing in any way. If you are a parent, make sure your children know not to touch or play with bats, and if they do have any contact, to tell you. 

Bat flying in the sky

Need help with bats? 

As always, if you have think that you may have a bat colony in your home or commercial building, don’t hesitate to contact a bat removal company. If you have any questions or concerns we are here to help. To learn how to prevent and deal with a bat infestation, check out the articles below: 

3 Signs Bats Are Living in Your Home

How to Keep Bats Out of Your Home

Your Local Bat Removal Expert,

Michael Koski

Get Bats Out Owner and President Michael Koski

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