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GOING BATTY!

SCHOOLGIRL Bethany Leslie thought she was going batty at the weekend.

Bethany (7) was at her gran's house in Stranraer's Agnew Crescent when she noticed an unusual-looking creature had flown in the back door. Closer inspection revealed it was a tiny bat - but the drama did not end there.

The little animal looked in some distress and unable to move easily. But the cause was a perfectly natural one - it was in the middle of giving birth! Bethany said:

"I first saw it lying on the bathroom floor. I had never seen a bat before.

"We thought it looked a bit funny. Then my sister Bronwyn said it was having a baby!"

The girls' gran, Carrie Jones, said:

"There was great excitement at the sight of the bat and then we saw it was moving about in a strange way. It was Bronwyn who noticed what was happening."

Carrie called a local vet for advice and has since been in touch with Scottish Natural Heritage about what to do since.

"They told me to leave it outside at night and it should fly away," she said.

"That was at the weekend and it is still here!"

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