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Bat invades Frist Campus Center, third floor evacuated

At approximately 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, students evacuated the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, located on the 300 level of Frist Campus Center, due to a bat sighting.

University spokesperson Ben Chang confirmed the existence of the bat.

“Public Safety was alerted and identified the bat, cleared students out of the area, and has closed off the space until our contracted pest control service can come to capture and remove it,” Chang said.

Christopher Umanzor ’19 walked up to the 300 level around 7:15 p.m. and saw a barricade of chairs with a note that said, “This area is closed off. There was a bat.”

Umanzor is a former staff writer with The Daily Princetonian.

Umanzor did not see the bat but noted that he “felt it emotionally.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while only 6 percent of bats are afflicted with rabies, they are the number one source of the disease in the United States.

If you have come into contact with a bat, the CDC recommends washing the affected area thoroughly with soap and water and seeking medical advice immediately.