US News Bats' brains boil in Australia heatwave

17:05  09 january  2018
17:05  09 january  2018 Source:   Sky News

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SYDNEY: Hundreds of bats have died in sweltering conditions in Australia , with many dropping from their perches as the scorching temperatures “fried their brains ”, wildlife officials said Tuesday. A record-breaking heatwave saw the mercury rise to 45 Celsius (113 Fahrenheit)

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Hundreds of bats have died in sweltering conditions in Australia , with many dropping from their perches as the scorching temperatures "fried their brains ", wildlife officials said Tuesday. A record-breaking heatwave saw the mercury rise to 45 Celsius (113 Fahrenheit) in Sydney's western suburb

Hundreds of bats have died in sweltering conditions in Australia , with many dropping from their perches as the scorching temperatures "fried their brains ", wildlife officials said Tuesday. A record-breaking heatwave saw the mercury rise to 45 Celsius (113 Fahrenheit)

Hundreds of bats have died in a scorching heatwave in Australia as the soaring temperatures "fried their brains", experts have said.

The mercury rose to 45C (113F) in Sydney's western suburb of Campbelltown on Sunday.

Wildlife officials said hundreds, if not thousands, of flying fox bats fell from trees after falling victim to the intense heat.

Hundreds of bats die in Australia due to heat Pic: Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown © Other Hundreds of bats die in Australia due to heat Pic: Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown

Campbelltown flying fox colony manager Kate Ryan told the local Camden Advertiser: "They basically boil... their brain just fries and they become incoherent.

"It would be like standing in the middle of a sandpit with no shade."

The flying fox is Australia's largest bat and is listed as a "vulnerable" species nationally with its survival ranked as a "critical priority" under local laws.

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SYDNEY: Hundreds of bats have died in sweltering conditions in Australia , with many dropping from their perches as the scorching temperatures "fried their brains ", wildlife officials said Tuesday. A record-breaking heatwave saw the mercury rise to 45 Celsius in Sydney's western suburb of Campbelltown

Sydney (AFP) - Hundreds of bats have died in sweltering conditions in Australia , with many dropping from their perches as the scorching temperatures "fried their brains ", wildlife officials said Tuesday (Jan 9)

Hundreds of bats die in Australia due to heat Pic: Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown © Other Hundreds of bats die in Australia due to heat Pic: Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown

New South Wales Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) said losses of bats to the brutal conditions could run into the thousands.

Rescuers were able to save the lives of more than a hundred of the animals, but many scattered across the ground did not survive and others died still clinging to trees.

Sydney recorded its hottest day since 1939 on Sunday when the suburb of Penrith reached 47.3C (117F).

Hundreds of bats die in Australia due to heat Pic: Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown © Other Hundreds of bats die in Australia due to heat Pic: Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown

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