Extreme Heat Killing Hundreds Of Sydney's Flying Foxes
The recent record breaking heatwave that had Sydney melting has sadly taken it's toll on our wildlife, with reports that a colony of flying foxes in Campbelltown has been almost entirely wiped as they were unable to cope with the extreme heat.
The Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown Facebook page has posted a number of images highlighting the harrowing scenes that residents have seen over the past few days that have seen hundreds of the the creatures dying due to dehydration.
The group claims more than 400 of the animals have died so far, most of them still only juveniles.
Kindhearted volunteers have been working around the clock trying to save the remaining animals, rehydrating them and relocating them to help keep them cool.
One of the first volunteers on the scene Cate Ryan said “it was unbelievable. I saw a lot of dead bats on the ground and others were close to the ground and dying. I have never seen anything like it before.”
The group says on their Facebook page that:
“Flying foxes are intelligent and remarkable,”
“These unique animals help regenerate our forests and keep ecosystems healthy through pollination and seed dispersal. They don’t use sonar like smaller, insect-eating bats; only their eyes and ears, like us."
"They see as well as a cat at night and are just about as smart. Flying foxes are foresters keeping the eco-system together. If we are to keep the remnants of our forests healthy, we need the flying foxes. The two are inseparable.”