Queensland's Heat Wave Is Killing Bats In The Thousands

Bats. Bats everywhere. All dead. You've been warned.

Australia is no stranger to absurd heatwaves. It's almost something we put in our tourism ads these days: "come to Australia, it's f**king hot".

But the temperature of your average heatwave is on the up and up, after the revelation that 2013 was the hottest year ever in the land Down Under.

It's getting so hot, in fact, that animals around the country are giving out. Take these bats in Queensland for example.

After a 40+ degree Celcius day, YouTuber Murray Paas went out into the Dayboro forest and found what he describes as thousands of dead bats who gave in and fell out of their tree-perches stone dead due to the heat. Fair warning, the above video includes dead bats.

Obviously, if you see dead anything, don't touch it. And for the love of God, don't lock anything living like dogs or babies inside cars. That shit heats up quick.

Here's hoping 2014 doesn't top 2013's warming record.

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    Im sick of this heat, Haven't slept in 3 days :(

      Dude, know how you feel. Starting to go batty (pun intended) from the lack of proper rest.

    What heat, A/C at home, A/C at work, and A/C in the car. Meh.

      Are you suggesting that we put all of the bats in your home/work/car?

    Can't say I'm overly sad about the bat colony near me getting thinned out in this way. Between the noise, guano and possibility of nasty viruses, I'd be happy to see the back of these leathery fiends.

    I don't generally advocate killing animals that create problems, but I don't think the people who live in massively bat infested areas are crying at this point..!

      they are being naturally culled....it's genius!

        Bats eat millions of bugs, including mosquitos. Your choice.

    stuff like this happens around the world. sure its sad, but things happen in nature that cull massive populations. just part of being an ecosystem.

      Some might think that temperatures hot enough to mammalian life are concerning, given that we are mammals.....

        Errr, not all mammals have the same temperature ranges for survival. Obviously we can tolerate higher temperatures than bats otherwise there'd be thousands of dead people in QLD.

    And yet, here in Launceston yesterday I was seriously thinking about cranking up the Wood Heater because it was that cold!


    I'm in SEQ. We noticed the birds we regularly get around here taking shelter under our pergola and put the sprinkler on for them (on low). Lorikeets, noisy mynahs, butcher birds...all rocked up to cool off and drink, no squabbling. First time I've seen parrots of any stripe panting in the heat. Bugger the water bill, I don't want the neighbourhood birdlife dropping dead.

    I'm in North East VIC and it's been really cold here the past few days. It was around 8┬║ last night, and today it's lucky to be over 20.

    Three weeks ago it was 48┬║ lol. Loving the cool weather :)

    In fact, we had the heater on last night because it was that cold!

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