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100,000 bats rain from the sky over Australia

Posted on Friday, 10 January, 2014 | Comment icon 14 comments

The heat is proving too much for the bats. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 USFS

A heatweave of epic proportions has had a devastating impact on Australia's bat population.

A heatwave described as "catastrophic" has not only been making things difficult for the human population of Australia but for the country's many colonies of bats as well. It is estimated that as many as 100,000 of the flying mammals have died due to heat exhaustion with witnesses reporting hundreds of them literally raining down from the sky in some areas.

"The heatwave was basically a catastrophe for all the bat colonies in south-east Queensland," said RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty. "That's obviously going to have a pretty disturbing impact on those colonies and those colonies are vital to our ecosystem."

Local councils have taken to organizing special collections to come and carry away piles of dead bats from the base of trees before the heat causes them to rot.

Some parts of the country have experienced soaring temperatures as high as 48C.

Source: New Zealand Herald | Comments (14)

Tags: Bat, Australia, Heatwave

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats on 7 January, 2014, 6:00
Look at it like this: Satan has been known to moan that on a bad day, Hell is as Hot as Queensland.
Comment icon #6 Posted by DecoNoir on 7 January, 2014, 8:36
Oh I bet that smelled wonderful.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats on 7 January, 2014, 9:26
I do wonder if this means the cull is now off....
Comment icon #8 Posted by Merc14 on 10 January, 2014, 18:03
Were they going to cull teh bat population? We are in a bit of a crisis over here in the states because our bats are dying off from the "White nose syndrome", a poorly understood fungal disease that is spreading throughout the country and killing off our very useful little bats.
Comment icon #9 Posted by WhyDontYouBeliEveMe on 10 January, 2014, 18:51
a heat wave can kill hundreds at the same time ? how do they die? choking in the heat ? they weren't burnt right ? o_O
Comment icon #10 Posted by moonshadow60 on 10 January, 2014, 22:15
So sad. They are such helpful creatures with controlling the insect population where I live, and like Merc said, they are dying off in the US from white nose syndrome. God help us if we lose the bees [u]and[/u] bats.
Comment icon #11 Posted by ancient astronaut on 11 January, 2014, 0:06
Bats are amazing creatures. Its sad that so many have met there end this way.
Comment icon #12 Posted by ancient astronaut on 11 January, 2014, 0:10
You are absolutely correct. They(bats) are natures bug busters. I can only imagine that so many dying from the heat will have a(n) severe change in the insect populous (for the worse).
Comment icon #13 Posted by avs76 on 12 January, 2014, 10:34
While it's never good to see animals suffering, bats are generally considered a pest here in Queensland. They can devastate crops and are carriers of disease such lyssavirus and hendra virus.
Comment icon #14 Posted by toast on 12 January, 2014, 11:48
Goggle -heat stroke- to get smarter.

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