North Queenslanders Told To Not Touch Sick Bats

Flying Foxes Dropping From Sky Because Of Heatwave

27 November 2018

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Rachael Coco

The extended heatwave is causing Bats to fall out of the sky across north Queensland.

Multiple reports yesterday of the flying foxes hitting the ground across Townsville and Ingham during their usual migration flight.

It led to an Ingham school yesterday forcing their students to stay inside after several of the animals dropped dead metres away from the buildings.

Warnings are going out to locals to not touch them to prevent any potential spread of the Australian bat lyssavirus.

Member for Hinchinbrook Nick Dametto also urging locals to leave them alone.

“If you find a dead or injured flying fox do not pick them up and call the Department of Environment and Science on 1300 130 372” he said.

NQ Wildlife Care said they’ve been working around the clock to help the sick and injured animals. Yesterday they had to euthanise at least 200 of them.

They’ve put out an urgent plea to locals to donate baby formula, fresh fruit, clothes airers, washing powder, water drippers and money.

They can be contacted on 0414 717 374.

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