Local newscast interrupted by bat live on air

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Local Newscast 'Dive-Bombed' by Bat Live on Air

We've got an exclusive, first-look clip of the new "Batman" movie. Okay, not the movie, but a bat on live TV is just about as good.

Local newscast 'dive-bombed' by bat live on air
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Local newscast interrupted by bat live on air

WATE anchors were alarmed when they noticed a bat flying around the studio during a live broadcast:

"Did you see it? There it is again," one anchor said.

"Okay. Okay, get him out, Wayne," another screamed.

A third anchor simply said, "I cannot handle this."

Look closely -- that bat took over the studio of WATE in Knoxville Wednesday morning.

You saw the anchors flip -- and we love how WATE fully embraced the fact that everyone on set went, well, batty.

The team followed up the morning show with a package on the spooky "local lore" of the TV station and interviewed the anchors about the bat attack -- check it out on WATE.com.

On the station's YouTube channel, you can find footage of the finally captured bat.

It apparently took hours for animal experts to find and snag the little guy.

Despite the bat's tiny size, outlets were quick to pick up on its aggressive nature with headlines about it "dive-bombing" the WATE anchors. Of course, it was also just being a bat and ... flying around.

As Metro importantly noted, "No employees were harmed during the ordeal."

Live news goofs do happen often, but a bat? Not every day.

Though we remember one -- from earlier this year, actually -- on WEYI.

"If you see me duck-and-covering, did you see that? It's a bat flying in the studio right now. ... Out of the South and Southwest, there goes the bat again," a weather reporter noted.

If only Ben Affleck were around to save us all.

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