Large numbers of flying foxes were found dead in Casino after three scorching hot days. WIRES took to the streets to care for the orphaned baby bats.
Large numbers of flying foxes were found dead in Casino after three scorching hot days. WIRES took to the streets to care for the orphaned baby bats. Marc Stapelberg

Flying fox pups injured in Casino heat wave returned to wild

TWO weekends ago WIRES Northern Rivers hosted a Bat Party at Clunes to celebrate the rescue and release back to the wild of 400 flying-fox pups from the heat stress event in Casino in November last year.

Several thousand adult bats succumbed to the heat, leaving hundreds of orphans, which were rescued by wildlife carers.

BAT PARTY: Celebrating the release of 400 orphaned bats back into the wild after their parents died in the Casino heat wave.
BAT PARTY: Celebrating the release of 400 orphaned bats back into the wild after their parents died in the Casino heat wave. Dee Hartin

The baby bats were transported to wildlife carer groups across NSW, Queensland, ACT and SA.

They were raised by dedicated carers over the summer months and have been returned to the North Coast and Queensland for release.

The Bat Party at Clunes was attended by several hundred volunteers from NSW and Queensland.

It was a tribute to the co-operation between wildlife groups and a celebration of the release of over 400 baby bats.


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