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A heatwave kills thousands of bats at Casino

Monday November 17, 2014 - 12:14 EDT
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Clean-up job. Dead bats are being collected in Casino after the weekend heatwave. - ABC

More than 2000 bats have died from a heatwave that hit the Richmond Valley over the weekend.

The intense heat caused the death of the bats at the Casino flying fox camp.

Richmond Valley Council officers have been picking up the carcasses along the banks of the Richmond River and in Hickey and Barker streets.

The council's general manager, John Walker, said there are still large numbers of dead bats in the trees.

Mr Walker said officers are working hard to collect them, but there is an unpleasant odour in the area and people should try to stay away.

He said the heat has been a tragedy for the flying-fox colony.

"Whatever anyone's opinion is either side of the bat debate, no one wishes this sort of tragedy on the bats," Mr Walker said.

"It just goes to show the extent and intensity of the heatwave over the weekend, and the flying-foxes could not cope with the constant high temperatures,".

WIRES volunteers and Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers are also on the site collecting orphaned flying fox babies.

Some have been fostered out to carers as far south as Sydney to recuperate.


© ABC 2014

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