I can't believe I didn't get a picture
A small brown bat had survived a laundry cycle (the lid left open between loads), but wasn't happy. She was lying face-down on the bottom of the basin, one wing spread to the side, one held against her. Her head was tucked under the agitator.
I got some barbecue tongs and a paper bag. When I first tried to pick her up, she raised her head out (actually relieving me somewhat; I had been afraid that it was pinned underneath - I don't know what I would have done then); she showed me her fangs and screeched at me. Wishing I had longer tongs, I tried to pick her up, but noticed that she had locked her hooks into the holes at the bottom of the machine. I had to gently unhook her fingers, then her elbow. After that, she went into the bag pretty easily.
I called one animal rescue who directed me to another, because they apparently don't all truck in bats. One lady who does so runs a rescue out of her house in Cinnaminson, about twenty minutes away, but rather than direct people to her house, she has them meet her in the parking lot of a nearby diner. When you give an animal to one of these organizations, it's generally good to make a donation too, since they usually run non-profit and it costs money to take care of the animals.
This is how I found myself waiting in a parking lot to give some woman I don't know twenty dollars and a live bat. It seemed like some odd drug deal. The woman ran late, reminding me of Velvet Underground's "Waiting for the Man", where I learned that that's just what dealers do. Get me hooked, maybe make me bring progressively more bats in.
When I gave her the bag, we didn't even open it. I went straight to work, and on the drive home, I thought it would be hilarious if I got a text from her saying "There's no bat in the bag! WTF?!" and then I'd hear squeaking in the car...
Anyway, I talked to the lady two days ago, and not only is our bat healthy - no pneumonia - her wing seems to have only superficial damage. By the time the weather turns warm enough for a release, she should be long-since healed. She's eating mealworms like a champ and trying to bite the rescue lady whenever she handles her, which is apparently a good indicator of bat-health. What's more, based on her weight and how she's interacting with another rescue bat, she's possibly pregnant!
And she's squeaky clean!