GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A bat house that held some 200,000 bats before it collapsed at the University of Florida is back and bigger than ever.
The university's pest management coordinator Ken Glover says the structure has been repaired and expanded to house as many as 400,000 bats. A sign on the structure Friday read "vacancy" and "newly remodeled" in both English and Spanish.
Plans are to build a second structure nearby to provide space specially designed to accommodate baby bats. The expanded structure eventually could include a bat cam filming the action. The collapse of the interior of the structure in August was due to the weight of the bats. The structure was built in 1991 to address a problem with bats roosting in campus athletic facilities.