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STRANGE: Excessive Heat in Australia Kills Bats by the Thousands

19 Nov 2014, 3:59 pm

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Extreme heat in the Australian territory of New South Whales is causing an unusual problem: The death of thousands of bats.

According to The Daily Telegraph — a Sydney-based newspaper — the temperature soared to more than 111 degrees on Monday. And the excessive heat caused death of more than 5,000 “flying fox bats.” Many of the animals, most of which were juveniles and babies, just fell out of the trees where they were roosting. Most were dead before they even hit the ground.

“Some areas along the riverbank are inaccessible and the stench from the rotting carcasses will be quite unbearable for some time yet,” said John Walker, a local municipal employee, in an interview with the Daily Telegraph.

Be that as it may, quite a few of the baby bats — about 450 — survived the searing heat and are being cared for by conservation workers.

“In a Facebook post it pointed out the massive scale of the operation, stating: ‘Each of these orphans had to be assessed, hydrated and taken care of individually.’,” reports the Huffington Post.

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