A ROMANTIC pensioner got more than he bargained for when he picked up a vase for his wife’s Valentine’s Day flowers - a tiny little bat nestling in the bottom of it.
John Galbraith got the shock of his life when he picked up the glass vase to house the flowers he’d brought for wife Janet when he spotted the two-inch bat.
The brown mammal is believed to have come into the utility room on the back of their house in Cromer Walk to hibernate through an open window or back door.
But 80-year-old John had no idea the little creature had winged its way into his home until he disturbed it while looking for the vase.
The retired engineer was in a right flap at the time, but quickly regained his composure and is now appealing for information as to what type of bat it is and what he should do with it.
Across the world there are more than a 1,000 species of bat and they live in all sorts of locations depending on the time of year and what they are doing - looking after their babies, hunting or hibernating.
John, who worked as an engineer for a water company before retiring, said: “I had been out to buy some flowers for my wife for Valentine’s Day and came back into the house to find a vase.
“I picked one up only to find this little bat nestling in the bottom.
“I got the shock of my life. At first I thought it was one of the grandchildren’s toys but quickly realised it was a bat.
“It is brown and only about two inches long but I have no idea what kind of bat it is. It has been really still and hasn’t moved much.
“Nothing like this has ever happened before, it must have come in through either the back door or window when they were open and found a place to rest.
“It would just be interesting to find out a little bit more about our new addition.”
John is married to Janet, 70, who works part-time for Manners & Harrison estate agents, said the bat was by itself in the utility room and there were no signs of any others.
The pair have two children, Sharon Richardson, 40, and 35-year-old Victoria Galbraith, and two grandchildren, Ella and Thomas Richardson, aged 11 and seven respectively.