Sunday, January 9, 2011

Orphaned bat epidemic in Australia

Torrential rain has brought chaos to Australia, and not just to the humans who live there. Australian Bat Clinic and Wildlife Trauma Centre director Trish Wimberley and her carers have helped save 130 orphaned bats on the Gold Coast in past weeks. They saved 350 young bats during the 2008 storm season but this year think there's more going on than just wild weather. Carers have visited several bat 'camps' on the coast in recent weeks to find four-week-old babies on the ground covered in maggots and fly eggs. Trish said: 'They're coming down to feed on the ground. That makes them vulnerable. It's not a natural occurrence and shows there is trouble in the environment. 'Bats are a barometer to what is going on in the environment. They're our canaries down the coal mine'. Source

4 comments:

Nanny McFur said...

I've always thought bats are cute and this pic proves it! Folks don't always remember that they are beneficial - they can eat more than their own weight in mosquitos in a single night.

curator said...

Bats are excellent, and those are some of the cutest I've ever seen. Poor lil' things.

Anna said...

Those are soooooooooo cute!! I didn't know bats were that cute!!

Nora Sere said...

They are like spiders in a way. They keep the bug and pest populations down.This isn't the first time I've heard about this actually. I hope they get this figured out!


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