Ozzy Osbourne Ordered to Protect Bats Before Making House Renovations

Black Sabbath singer must present "considerable evidence" before commencing any work, report reads.

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In a strange turn of events, Ozzy Osbourne was prevented from renovating the barn on his Buckinghamshire estate before presenting authorities with "considerable evidence" that bats living there are well protected.

As BBC reports, Black Sabbath singer, known for his bat-decapitation incident among other things, had plans of converting his barn into a two-bedroom home.

Since several species of small fury animals gathered together in Ozzy's barn are protected by Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010, the vocalist was left unable to continue renovations until further notice.

"Mr Osbourne cannot convert his listed building until satisfactory surveys and related mitigation, allowing the bats and owls to remain living on the site, is submitted," the council spokesperson stated. "We must be satisfied measures have been put in place to protect the animals before planning permission can be considered."

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    Man that's funny. Also the line "Since several species of small fury animals gathered together in Ozzy's barn" is very similar to the Pink Floyd song "Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict" from the Ummagumma album
    You know for a fact that this only made the news because of the bats. Every journalist saw GOLD when they heard Ozzy Osbourne couldn't renovate a barn because of some bats living inside.
    Of course that's the only reason it made the news. So? "Ozzy Osbourne Ordered to Protect Sparrows Before Making House Renovations" just doesn't have the same ring to it....
    matteo cubano
    no shit
    Chill guys, just making the humorous observation. I don't need the 3 of you barking "no shit" at me. If anything, I was thinking the same thing as "vikkyvik" with the sparrows comparison.