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A brown bat is fed a mealworm at the Walton's home. Bats calm down and can be gentle once they don't feel threatened.

A visit from Betty?

Two winters ago I found a bat flying around in my house.

Knowing that bats are suppose to hibernate, I called Bob Walton, who rescues bats. Walton came to my home, caught the the bat, and then took it to his home for care.

My bat was a pregnant female who ended up having two babies. After being released last summer, the family didn't arrive back into my neighborhood until this spring. I saw finally saw Betty and her two children, Bert and Besty, the names that Walton gave them, flying around in my yard this April.

One of them gave me a personal visit last night.

While getting ready for bed last night Betty, Bert or Betsy, not sure which, flew into the bathroom, and then back downstairs. I followed and closed up rooms as I went. I managed to contain the bat in the kitchen and family room area.

Trying not to be afraid, I kept telling myself bats are our friends as I opened up three doors in these rooms to the outside. I then went outside to watch the bat exit.

It only took a few minutes for the bat to find an open door and fly out.

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer), Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer), Frank Noonan (copy editor) and Cathie Rowand (photographer)