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Lives less ordinary: meet Jessamy Barker, Bat Conservationist

Posted at 3:30 pm, February 9, 2014 in Fun London

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Let me guess, you’re batwoman?
‘I have the most goth job in the world. I work on the Bat Conservation Trust helpline, giving advice to people who ring us about bats.’

Are you allowed to dress like that at work?
‘Sure! I mean, I tone it down a bit, but it’s pretty relaxed. The thing is, I’m never off bat duty. At goth clubs I’m always fundraising and selling badges. Bats are charismatic little animals. They can fit in the palm of your hand, and they purr, like cats.’

Cute. Or maybe creepy?
‘Bats and goths have a lot in common, we’re both misunderstood, but if you meet us we’re far friendlier and fluffier than you expect. If you meet a bat and it purrs at you, you’ll fall in love with it.’

I’m not convinced. Aren’t bats basically tiny hairy vampires?
‘It’s good to tap into preconceptions about them a bit more positively.Vampires aren’t that positive, but we don’t have any vampire bats in the UK and they don’t actually drink blood, they just sort of lap at open wounds on cows’ legs.’

Oh that’s reassuring.
‘Don’t worry, UK bats aren’t interested in anything but insects.’ Interview: Eddy Frankel.

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