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Yes, Clem, those are indeed bats, not bunnies, although chiropterology is, I think a term I coined last night. In addition to being a chronic cehpalopod enthusiast, I'm also heavily into bat conservation. The masks being modeled in the photo were headdresses I made for dancers to wear at The Bat Show, a benefit show I do to raise awareness and money for the world's struggling bat population. Bat Conservation International and Bat World Sanctuary are the charity recipients and the benefit (tongue-in-cheek but informative) keeps getting bigger. Just signed next years' contract with a great venue on Hollywood Boulevard. In the meantime I'll be doing "Squishmas: The Mighty Cthulhu Old-Time Revival Show." Sort of a cross between a deep-fried Southern religious revival show and the horrors of H.P.Lovecraft. Think Deep Ones wearing gospel choir robes, the laying on of tentacles, speaking in beaks (should that be radulas?), etc.
Specifically to Steve O'Shea - I've never gotten to meet Neil Diamond, although about fifteen years ago I worked out of the same mailroom as his son Jesse over at a big talent agency. Nice kid. I do know the Neilists, a punk band that only perform Neil Diamond songs, and have been known to butcher his great body of work myself during late-night karaoke sessions. Wherever he is, I just hope he doesn't mind.
To see the Glamour Bats in their species-specific costumes, check out the photo gallery at thebatshow.com. We'll be adding more soon. I've also notified my friend Dave about this site, so you might be hearing from him in the near future. He's a fellow squidhead and leader of one of Southern California's great surf bands, the Insect Surfers.
I know the forum is titled 'marine conservation', but please, feel free to post away about bat conservation issues therein. I'm no bat expert, but conservation is conservation, terrestrial or marine, and any conservationist gets my vote (being heavily involved with both myself).
Double to TONMO, and real pleased to have you here (even if you have bast***ised a Neil song in your time).