Hilarious footage of Co Kerry man's attempts to catch bat with tea towel goes viral

The footage captures the bat flying around Derry Fleming's house on Monday night and his efforts to catch it with a tea towel. Picture by Tadhg Fleming

IT'S not everyone can call their father a superhero, but a Co Kerry man's attempts to catch a bat in the family kitchen with a tea towel have seen him dubbed 'Bat Dad'.

Footage of Derry Fleming's attempts to chase a bat from his family home have gone viral, with more than one million views.

The video captures the creature flying around the house in Ballymacelligott, outside Tralee on Monday night and Mr Fleming's efforts to catch it with a tea towel.

Mr Fleming's son Tadhg filmed the hilarious attempts by his father - who is dressed in football shorts and long woolly socks - which develop into an expletive-laden rant.

Commentary from Tadhg during the video footage also ensures laughter, telling his father "you're doing a great job" and "you're tiring him out, he's like McGregor he's got no legs left".

To make matters worse, during the mayhem in the kitchen, it all became for the family's new pet puppy, who wet himself on the kitchen floor, while mum Maureen watches from behind the kitchen door.

Around 10 minutes later, the bat was caught safely in a tea-towel and released unharmed.

Mr Fleming was later dubbed 'Bat Dad' by his film-maker son, who edited and uploaded the footage on social media.

The video was posted on to Facebook on Tuesday and became an instant hit with more than one million views and the family inundated with interview requests from across the world.

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