The Nation: Batty Business

Many a citizen thinks his state legislator has bats in his belfry. In Maine, the complaint happens to be true. Since the early 1970s, some 100 bats have taken up residence beneath the old green dome in Augusta. Because they are nocturnal, which state employees rarely are, nobody much minded as the bats sailed up and down the corridors of power.

One bat, however, made the mistake of napping on a settee in Governor James Longley's office. State employees immediately called in their resident bat expert, a custodian at the department of transportation, who wrapped the creature in cloth and set...

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