Is That Batman Or Is It Raining Bats?

Samuel Reason | January 11th, 2018

Is what you would say if you are currently living in New South Wales in Australia. Temperatures have reached soaring highs, causing the poor bats to just drop from the sky.

The current heat wave is one of the most extreme this side of the planet has ever seen, rising over 111 degrees Fahrenheit. And the worst struck area? The town of Campbelltown. A place which is known to have a large colony of flying fox bats. What are flying fox bats you ask?

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Well, they are a gray-headed bat that can rage the wingspan of up to 3.5 feet and weight over 2 pounds. They are very important to the ecosystem because they pollinate flowers and other floral in the area. Mainly eating nectar, pollen, and fruit they smell those sugar delights from miles away! They are part of the group of the largest bats in the world, scientifically known as Pteropus. Interestingly enough these bats develop heightened smell and eyesight because unlock some of their brothers in the bat world they do not possess echolocation(sonar!). Funnily enough, they hunt fruit as if it was a moving prey and like to crash down into the plantlife crushing the bush.

Unfortunately, it seems their huge size is currently their downfall! The heat is causing them to drop in mass numbers from the skies. Some locals in Campbelltown are claiming it is raining bats! Reports have noted over 200 bats have perished, as they are basically being boiled alive in the area. Definitely, a most horrible way to go. Biologists believe that the extreme heat is causing them to become incoherent and confused, which does not help them find any shade.

Volunteers are scrambling to help the bats and try to keep their numbers up. The main problem for the colony in Campbelltown is a lack of natural resources like water that could greatly help. And also there is not much natural shade to chill in!

You would think that animals local to Australia would be used to the heat and have adapted to live in the sun. Which for the main part they have, but climate change has greatly altered the landscape and weather. Heat waves are now worse than ever and meteorology teams do not think this is the end of it. Heat records are being smashed all other Australia, daily heat records, for example, have surpassed daily cold records five to one. Will raining animals just become a normal part of weather?

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