In the event we ever have a wild animal problem at Mid-States Concrete, we now have an experienced animal wrangler on staff.
Lisa Braddy, Director of Human Resources, unintentionally proved her animal wrangling skills at previous jobs. She joined the Mid-States team in October 2016.
The first time Braddy successfully wrangled an animal was when bats had taken up residence in the vestibule entrance of the building she worked in. With a forest preserve only a few blocks away, bats were attracted to the cool, dark corners of the vestibule and it wasn’t long before employees were freaking out about the visitors.
Braddy asked the company’s maintenance person to take care of it, but unfortunately for her, he was scared of bats. When he wouldn’t capture the bats, Braddy asked for a set of heavy duty gloves and a box. She put on the gloves, carefully took the bats down, one by one, placed them in the box, closed the lid and carried it over to the forest preserve area. She opened the box, turned it on its side and gently nudged the bats out. She did this every day for a week.
“It was part of my morning routine,” Braddy said.
The bats never stirred while she was moving them, and after a week they stopped napping in the vestibule.
“I became known over there as ‘The Bat Lady,’” she laughed.
At another job, the maintenance department found a raccoon hanging around the yard of the property. Before long, the raccoon found a hole in the cinder block building, about three or four feet above ground. He crawled in, but didn’t make it all the way through. When the maintenance crew found the raccoon, it’s butt was sticking out the hole on the outside of the building. They called Braddy, who walked into the building and found the other half of the racoon sticking out inside.
Again, those in the maintenance department were afraid to remove the animal, so Braddy asked for a box, a pole, gloves and a heavy duty protective jacket. She had one brave maintenance person hold the box under the raccoon on the inside and from the outside, she pushed him through the hole with the pole.
Braddy then helped the maintenance person carry the box to a more wooded area, and gently dumped the raccoon, while the rest of the maintenance department cheered. The raccoon promptly ran off.
“I became known as ‘The Racoon Wrangler,’” Braddy said.
We know it’s cold out there and critters are angling to get in somewhere warmer, but as long as Braddy is with Mid-States, we advise all critters to look elsewhere for a new home.