Ozzy Osbourne's plan to convert a barn on the property of his home in Buckinghamshire, England into a house has been rejected by the local council because of the impact it could have on the bats living there. According to BBC News, Osbourne applied for permission from the Chiltern District Council to convert the barn into a two-bedroom home. But the application was turned down because of "considerable evidence" that bats and owls lived there, with the council saying that measures had to be put in place to protect the animals.
- Bats are a protected species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations of 2010.
- This could be some sort of karmic revenge for the bat species against the Black Sabbath singer, who bit the head off a live bat onstage during a solo concert in Des Moines, Iowa in 1982.
- Ozzy told Classic Rock magazine in 2008, "It must have been stunned by the lights or something because it just froze and I thought it was a toy. I just put it in my mouth. Then its wings started flapping and I got such a shock. I tried to pull it out too quickly and its head came off."
- Ozzy and Black Sabbath will play in Abu Dhabi later this month before beginning a European trek in early June.
WHAT DO YOU THINK??
- Is the universe having the last laugh on Ozzy for biting that bat way back when?
- Do you remember hearing about the bat-biting incident?
- Do you feel it's too restrictive that Ozzy can't do what we wants on his own property, or is it appropriate that the animals are protected as well?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth -- agree or not?
Robert Beaudette wrote: "Well, if that isn't ironic."
Dave Anzalone wrote: "I'd worry about any chickens in the barn, he only bit a bat, but he shot chickens on sight, drunk, stoned and high on coke with a semi-automatic."
Robert Heymang Edward WROTE: "Karma is a bitch. It turns out the bats were also saying 'no Bill Ward, no Sabbath.'"
Mark Honermann wrote: "Barns are cool, leave it alone. If you need more room, try throwing something away....like Sharon!"
Sunshine Adams wrote: "I was in the 1st or 2nd row the night he bit the bat. I couldnt make out what he had picked up and put in his mouth, but i seen him put it to his mouth and rip it and spit something out, then he threw what was left in his hand across the stage...i didnt know at the time what exactly happened, but i knew something was wrong by the look on his face."
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