Literal Bat Colony Guards Portuguese Library

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[T]he National Palace in Mafra, Portugal [is] a beautiful building constructed by and for the now abolished Kings of Portugal. The palace has a library that would make any book lover quiver in joy. The volumes are well-preserved, in part due to the resident bats.

Yes, bats.

The staff permits bats to live in the library. They come out at night and feed on book-eating bugs.

Photo via Alicia Nijdam on Flickr.
Via Neatorama.

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About Heretic

I design video games for a living, write fiction, political theory and poetry for personal amusement, and train regularly in Western European 16th century swordwork. On frequent occasion I have been known to hunt for and explore abandoned graveyards, train tunnels and other interesting places wherever I may find them, but there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I am preparing to set off a zombie apocalypse. Nothing that will stand up in court, at least. I use paranthesis with distressing frequency, have a deep passion for history, anthropology and sociological theory, and really, really, really hate mayonnaise. But I wash my hands after the writing. Promise.

One thought on “Literal Bat Colony Guards Portuguese Library

  1. But what about the bat guano? Doesn’t it ruin the lovely parquet floors and furniture? To say nothing of the books. It must be dreadful for those who have to clean it up.

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