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Real-Life Bat Saved by True Blood Vampires

07/13/2009 at 02:25 PM EDT

Real-Life Bat Saved by True Blood Vampires
Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin
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Anna Paquin

Anna Paquin

On top of the intense heat, breathtaking humidity and its action-packed tornado storyline, a tiny bat came tumbling out of a tree on the set of HBO's vampire series True Blood during weekend filming in Louisiana – to be saved by the crew.

While Steve Moyer (who plays main vampire Bill Compton) and his on-screen and real-life leading lady Anna Paquin (who plays heroine Sookie Stackhouse) watched with interest, crew medic Holly O'Quin fed the baby bat evaporated milk and egg whites, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

O'Quin, a nurse, consulted with her brother, Jeff Galpin, an animal wrangler, for advice on caring for the injured bat and nursed it back to health using syringe feedings.

The hit Sunday night show gets some of its Louisiana authenticity by shooting in the sultry, moss-draped Southern landscapes, where the tiny town of Clinton was transformed into a tornado-thrashed backdrop.

Between takes, the crew enjoyed nearby New Orleans by sightseeing and dining at the French Quarter's historic Galatoire's Restaurant on Sunday.

Moyer explored the city on his own, shooting photos and barely being recognized – or so he thought. While visiting a coffee shop in a Quarter courtyard, he asked two mimes if he could take their picture, reports the Times-Picayune.

"This is the only thing she said," noted Moyer, quoting one of the mimes: "Anything for you, Bill Compton."

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