SOUTH HAMPTON, NH – A New Hampshire man got a big surprise last week when he was bitten by a bat inside his home.
The little creature seemed to have found a Last Thursday night, the 86-year-old Roy Syvertson sat in the living room to look at his iPad.
"I always do the same," Syvertson said. "I open it just like that and flip it around, and then I usually put it in between my legs like that."
And an hour later, when he closed his iPad, he felt something on his finger. [1
Responding, Syvertson pushed down the front to keep the bat flying away.
"Then I got up and still pushed it, as I am sure he was not happy, and I took him outside," he said. "When I got up in the morning, he was still there, and I thought he was okay."
But later on, he found that the bat was dead.
"Then I knew I could get a problem" Syvertson said.
Feared the bat had rabies, he called Fish and Game.
"He said I want to go to the hospital right away – no time left," Syvertson said.
He did and immediately began rabies treatments. Later, he learned from fish and games that the bat had rabies.
"It was good, I decided not to pet him a little," said the man.
Syvertson says he feels fine, but he hopes this will help educate others about rabies.
As to how the bat came into his house.
"It will remain a mystery," he said. "And my joke of" He probably knew my password "won't last forever. It won't be fun for a long time."