Teenager finds bat in her bra

TEENAGER Abbie Hawkins sparked a sensation when she pulled a baby bat out of her bra on the front desk at a packed hotel.

TEENAGER Abbie Hawkins sparked a sensation when she pulled a baby bat out of her bra on the front desk at a packed hotel.

The Holiday Inn receptionist thought it was her mobile ringing when she felt weird vibrations rippling through her body.

But stunned Abbie was amazed to discover it was a bat tucked away in her underwear.

Her astonished colleagues and staff crowded round her as she suddenly produced the creature out of her bra in front of them.


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Abbie, 19, said: “Once I realised it was a bat I was shocked, but then I felt quite sorry for it really.

"It looked very snug in there and I thought how mean I was for disturbing it."

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Miss Hawkins reported for duty at the Holiday Inn Norwich North, based near Norwich International Airport, with no idea that the creature had gone deep undercover.

From the moment the receptionist and reservations agent got dressed at 7.30am until her lunch at midday she didn't have the faintest the bat was hiding in the padding pocket of her black bra.

The intruder kept its head down even though it was the size of her hand.

“I did not notice anything as I put my bra on. The night before I had had one or two drinks and I was getting ready quickly.

“The bra was in my drawer but it had been on the washing line the day before,” said Abbie, of Norwich.

“When I was driving to work I felt a slight vibration but I thought it was just my mobile phone in my jacket pocket.

“It was quite a busy morning and I did not for one minute think it was anything other than my mobile.”

But then at about midday she took her phone out of her pocket and still felt something moving.

“I plucked up the courage to investigate and I pulled out a little baby bat. I just lost my breath when I saw it and I did not know what it was at first,” said Abbie.

She said everyone there stampeded to see the bat - and the terrified creature darted into a dark corner to escape the mob.

The gobsmacked teen's general manager then took the bat outside and set it free in the hotel garden.

“I keep thinking how could I have not known it was there? Whenever I talk about it nobody believes me. Thank goodness people at work saw what happened or people may have thought I was crazy," said Abbie.

“I will certainly be checking my bras every morning from now on!”

Jaime Eastham, of the Bat Conservation Trust, said they had never heard of a bat being found in a bra before.

But she said there had been cases of bats being found in a toiletry bag, an umbrella, and the lining of a coat that was not being worn.

Jaime said: “Bats hibernate during the winter but in May and June they have babies and that is when people are most likely to find bats.

"Bats often roost in trees or under roof tiles - anywhere that is dark or safe.

“If anybody finds a bat they can call our Bat Helpline on 0845 1300 228.”

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