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A Bat Wreaked Havoc On An Irish Family And Their Reaction Has People Dying Laughing

"He's making a mockery of ya!"

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Tadhg Fleming is a filmmaker from Ireland. On Tuesday, he posted a video on Facebook that you need to watch ASAP.

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Fleming was enjoying an evening with his family when a bat flew into their house. His dad, Derry, tried to catch it...and OMG just watch.

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"My mam was doing the ironing and she had all the clothes on the table," Fleming told the BBC. "She went outside the back and the minute she opened the back door, the bat flew in."

After getting more than 1.3 million views on Facebook, the video soon migrated to Twitter, where it has been retweeted over 100,000 times. "The world is going to hell. You owe it to yourself to watch this video of Irish people attempting to get a bat out of their kitchen," Jonathan Hopkins, who posted the video, wrote.


People were obsessed, calling it "comedy gold."

"Catch him Derry!" An Irish family floundering with a rogue bat in their kitchen is pure unadulterated comedy gold.

And "Catch him Derry" was declared the phrase of 2017.

"Catch him Derry!!!" 2017 best phrase!!!

"I nearly made myself sick laughing at that. You're a funny man, thanks for sharing," singer Hozier wrote.

@TadhgFleming I nearly made myself sick laughing at that. You're a funny man, thanks for sharing.

They shared their favorite parts, like Fleming's mom cowering behind the door.

.@jonnohopkins Literally cried laughing at the mother watching through the door.


They demanded T-shirts.

Someone make me a t-shirt that says "catch him deddy"

Memes were created.

(Some people thought Fleming was saying "deddy" or "daddy" rather than his dad's name, but he confirmed he was saying "Derry.")

Brands even got involved.

Never underestimate the power of a towel, or Derry 😂 Stock up now - #BatDad #CatchHimDerry

Fleming told the BBC that the international attention for his video has been completely insane.

Thanks so much to @RadioRayRTE and crew for having my Dad and myself on air to talk about the #BATDAD video 😄👍🏻…

"It's just crazy to think that it's gone so widespread, so global almost. I have a line here of radio stations asking to talk to me," he said.

BuzzFeed News joined the line and has contacted Fleming for comment.

Stephanie McNeal is a social news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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