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Swooping bats surprise shoppers at Texas Walmart

By Ben Hooper

Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Customers at a Texas Walmart captured video of a colony of bats flying close to customers browsing the store's grocery section.

Jerry Lattermann captured video just before 6:30 p.m. Monday showing the bats swooping between customers in the grocery section of the Walmart in Alvin.

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Fellow shopper Nicholas Williams recorded footage of the bats on the same day from a different angle.

Witnesses said the bats did not bite anyone or act aggressively, but customers said they are still concerned about the animals' presence.

"They need to get them out of there," Tim Bentley told KPRC-TV. "I don't know if it's safe to have people in there. I don't know what they should do but they should maybe get everybody out while they get control of the bats."

Christy White said employees were trying to usher the bats out of the building.

"They were kind of herding them toward the exits," White said. "They were flying low enough at that point where they were kind of flopping their jackets at them and chasing them out of the store."

Walmart officials said in a statement to KTRK-TV that it is "aware of the situation and trying to correct it as soon as possible."

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