Heatwave causes 100,000 dead bats to fall from the sky in Australia

January 9, 2014 AUSTRALIASouthern Queensland is being gripped by furnace-like temperatures, said the local RSPCA. The has in turn caused mass deaths at least 25 separate colonies have been reported since the weekend, including at Mt Ommaney, Redbank, Boonah, Palmwoods, Laidley and Gatton. RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty says the heatwave was a significant hit to the population of bats across the state, reports the ABC news station. “The heatwave was basically a catastrophe for all the bat colonies in south-east Queensland,” he said. “That’s obviously going to have a pretty disturbing impact on those colonies and those colonies are vital to our ecosystem.” The smell of bat carcasses has caused problems for locals. The Scenic Rim Regional Council, west of Brisbane, has organized rubbish collectors to clear up the carcasses of about 2,000 bats. Residents near Boonah’s Athol Terrace lookout say they have been putting up with the stench of the dead animals for four days. Hundreds of bats also lie dead in trees and nearby bushes, and are being eaten by maggots.
The council today advised local residents it will not send workers into nearby bushland to collect the remaining bat carcasses, as it could cause further disruption to the nearby colony. One resident has told the ABC she is receiving anti-viral treatment after being scratched by a baby bat while clearing the dead animals out of her tree with a rake. Further north, Lockyer Valley Regional Council says it also faces a massive task of cleaning up thousands of dead bats from around Laidley and Gatton. Sunshine Coast Regional Council has sent workers out to collect thousands more dead bats near Palmwoods. At least 16 people across south-east Queensland are receiving anti-viral treatment after coming into close contact with a bat. Queensland Health is advising people not to touch the animals and to call authorities for help in clearing them away. Sammy Ringer from Bat Rescue echoed those concerns, saying it was best to call a wildlife volunteer or a vet. “Don’t touch them, they’re stressed,” she said. “If they do bite or scratch you and break the skin you can get a vaccination, you can get a shot for the lyssavirus.” –Express
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5 Responses to Heatwave causes 100,000 dead bats to fall from the sky in Australia

  1. Louise Page says:

    We have bat colonies gravitating to our region here near the Dandenong Ranges in outer east Melbourne, Australia.
    At night, we can stand out in our street and see these colonies hanging from the gum trees that surround us here. Though bats are not uncommon here, we have noticed an influx of colonies arriving here in the evenings. I don’t know if this is a ‘cooler climate’ (though we do get very hot weather here) thing, but we have noticed an increase in the number of wildlife (tree orientated) in recent times.
    The only thing that we are more conscious of doing now, because of the bats, is we wear shoes or thongs more often so that we don’t stand on the bat droppings on our paths and grass areas.
    Another occurrence here is the odd kangaroo venturing closer to and rarely into our communities here. But we do have some vast farmlands still in this region which may afford them a corridor of travel from the mountains.


  2. Those colonies were getting much to big anyway (I live in Woodend where we have one) and it’s a relief that nature itself does some culling.


    • Someone Concerned says:

      Who is to say what species is getting too big? It’s perfectly fine for ‘lesser’ species to die because their population is ‘getting out of control’, when humans are causing the most damage with OUR overpopulation.

      Nature can sure well do some culling.


  3. glcves says:

    Bats have radars and guide with reflections of sound waves that emit and capture. The Sun recently changed its magnetic polarity, will not have been too because of this change in magnetic fields the cause of these deaths?


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