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Maryville College Building New Homes For Bats

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MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Officials at Maryville College are working to provide new homes for nearly 2,000 bats that were removed from the belfry of a campus building.

The new accommodations should be in place by the time the colony returns in April.

David Unger, assistant professor of biology, said employees at the college have built 10 bat boxes in the campus orchards that can house about 30 bats each and plan to install a bat condo in February that can house thousands of the mammals.

The newspaper reports experts were on site to make sure the bats, which are currently hibernating, weren't harmed while they were relocated.

Meanwhile, crews are continuing with renovations on Anderson Hall, where the bats were found.

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