Bat fan visits Boston to learn about disease
Population dwindling as result of fungus
Miri Parrucci, a third-grader from Havertown, Pa., has worried about bats since she read an article about white-nose syndrome, a disease caused by fungus that is killing large swaths of hibernating bats in North America, in her second-grade class. Her parents, Lynn and Paul, drove Miri and her 13-year-old brother, John, to Boston for the weekend so Miri could visit the Kunz Bat Lab at Boston University, where researchers are studying the fungus. They stopped at the zoo to see live bats, which the lab does not keep.