Colony of bats shuts down Clemson theaters

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Two theaters at Clemson University are closed after two bats flew into a performance on Monday.
 
The Brooks Theatre and Bellamy Theatre will be closed until May 15th as the university works to remove a bat colony who has taken up residence in the walls of the performing arts center.
 
“April is a very busy month for us, we have a number of student ensemble performances this month. Our students rehearse all semester and this kind of the culmination of their work so we have had to relocate a number of these performances throughout the month,” said Thomas Hudgins, Director of the Brooks Center at Clemson.
 
But it was all for the safety of the students and audience since bats can carry rabies and transmit the disease to humans.  The university is bringing in experts to humanely clear out the bats over the next six weeks.
 
But according to some experts, bats do have a benefit to the community.
 
“In South Carolina its estimated that $115 million in savings in agriculture pests that bats eat. Pests that attack forests and agriculture crops so there is a huge benefit for your comfort of living and the agriculture industry,” said Roddy Cooper with All About Wildlife Control.
 
For more information on bats in South Carolina visit DNR’s website or for more information on what you should do if you come in contact with one head to the CDC’s website.

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