Around 3 a.m. just before vote on the energy bill this morning, a bat was spotted in the gallery of the House chamber. As lawmakers pointed at it, maintenance personnel worked to capture it with a net.

Rep. Annie Hornish, D-Granby, said the maintenance workers swatted the bat with a net and Rep. Peter Tercyak, D-New Britain, trapped it in the well of the House with a blue recycling bin.

House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero of Norwalk said the bat continued to swoop lower and lower as he attempted to postpone a debate on the energy bill.

Hornish, an animal rights activist, said she accompanied the maintenance workers as they took the bat outside and it flew away.

She joked that the bat was lobbying to be included in her dissection bill. She said she’s sorry it only included frogs.