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Mon Jan 8, 2018, 10:21 AM

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One of my most unusual experience with wild critters was on an amateur caving trip in central Missouri many years ago. Me and a couple of friends would go caving on the weekends and we decided to explore a cave called Tunnel Dam Cave. This cave was sort of unusual in that it wasn't real big or with many branches. It was just a meandering cave of somewhat a circular diameter shape ranging between 8 to 15 feet in diameter and a small stream flowing down the middle.

About maybe a tenth of a mile into it we could hear a muffled roar up ahead. It was a dropped hoard of little brown bats that had decided to leave the cave at the same time we were in it. Don't really know why because it wasn't evening but it might have been from sensing our arrival.

They started a virtual storm around us in their efforts to get out. We are talking thousands of bats flying past us in a somewhat confined space. Me and my more seasoned caving friend just stood there, while the third friend ( who hadn't been in any caves) laid flat into the stream. Can't tell you which decision was better. None of the bats directly hit either myself or my standing friend but we were pelted head to foot with bat piss and guano, but our other friend was soaking wet and likely also covered with bat droppings. It was a really interesting experience and lasted for about thirty seconds.

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