Fantasy writer Robin McKinley has a bat colony in her attic!
(If you don't already love her try Sunshine
or The Blue Sword.)
It's the largest Pipistrelle
nursery in Hampshire, and it's illegal to disturb them. Here's one on her chandelier! (Despite her claims to the contrary,
the bats are not actually in her belfry: McKinley is, in fact, a bellringer, but pursues this activity offsite.)
McKinley's bat-ventures have an antipodean analogue: the Botanic Garden in Sydney is still agonizing
over what to do with its own adorable hell-fiend horde. (Previously on the blue.) Bats!