Students report hundreds of bats on UCF campus

Bats at the UCF campus. Image Credit: WESH

ORLANDO, Fla. (WESH)  —A warning has been issued for some University of Central Florida students: Beware of bats.

Some students said they have seen hundreds of the nocturnal creatures.

One might expect to see the bats outside at night, around trees perhaps, but some students have reported seeing bats inside buildings on the UCF campus during the day.

“It looked like there were, like, 500 bats. I know a lot of people were freaking out,” Bobby Bernstein said.

Bernstein’s Snapchat video shows what appears to be small groups of bats hanging out inside the science building Monday.

“My friend caught five of them actually. Like, they fell to the ground and she picked them up,” Bernstein said.

“Oh yeah. It’s pretty insane. This is actually the first time I’ve heard about it,” said underclassman Nick Ferrazoali.

Students who have been around a little longer said this is not the first time they have seen or heard bats on campus.

“They’re normally all around campus, but not here. Just outside near the library,” student Gary Blake said.

Blake said as long as there are signs prompting students to beware of bats, they will not pose a threat.

“I don’t see an issue with them being around. They were probably here first and we just didn’t know,” Blake said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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