Friday, March 20, 2009

r.i.p. space bat

Continuing on the theme of animals I have encountered in or alarmingly near my apartment, did you hear the one about the bat that clung to space shuttle Discovery as it was launched into space a few days ago? From CNN.com:

The animal was last seen clinging on the foam of the external tank of the space shuttle moments before the Discovery launched, officials said. NASA officials had hoped the bat would fly away on its own, but admitted the bat probably died quickly during Discovery's climb into orbit. ... The expert said it appeared to be a free-tailed bat that probably had a broken left wing and an injured right shoulder or wrist.
Imagine: it would be like calling in sick to work to sit in bed and rest a sprained ankle. All of a sudden, your bed is launched into fucking outer space. On the bright side, you wouldn't have to go back to work the next day. Or ever.

Here is an earnest tribute to an animal that dared to explore the unknown. A true hero. Never forget.