Flying Foxes and the heat.

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Flying Foxes and the heat.

Postby bubba louie » Mon Jan 06, 2014 5:01 pm

Flying Foxes are dropping dead in their thousands around SE QLD.
Carers are stretched to the limits and are calling it a catastrophic event, but not a peep from the media.

If anyone wants to donate just look up any of the bat care groups on the net or on FB.
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Re: Flying Foxes and the heat.

Postby abwal » Wed Jan 08, 2014 8:58 am

Our local paper, while reporting this, carried warnings from Qld. Health. Apparently the number of bite/scratch injuries from flying foxes has increased by 250%. Finders of sick or injured bats have been warned that they should not handle them. If skin is broken by claws or teeth of flying foxes, the area should be flooded with iodine and medical aid sought promptly. If fluid from bats comes in contact with the skin or mouth or eyes, the area should be flooded with clean water and medical aid sought immediately.
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Re: Flying Foxes and the heat.

Postby bubba louie » Wed Jan 08, 2014 9:28 am

abwal wrote:Our local paper, while reporting this, carried warnings from Qld. Health. Apparently the number of bite/scratch injuries from flying foxes has increased by 250%. Finders of sick or injured bats have been warned that they should not handle them. If skin is broken by claws or teeth of flying foxes, the area should be flooded with iodine and medical aid sought promptly. If fluid from bats comes in contact with the skin or mouth or eyes, the area should be flooded with clean water and medical aid sought immediately.


Sometimes I think people must go around with paper bags over their heads. With all the publicity that Lyssavirus has had it amazes me that there are still those who don't know.


Just don't touch. If the bat is on the ground cover it with a cardboard box and call a carer.

Make sure children are educated on what to do. The little boy from Cairns who died didn't know to tell his parents he'd been scratched. They had never even heard of Lyssavirus. It was all so unnecessary. He could have been saved with a post exposure vac. His parents have set up a foundation in his name to educate people and have stated they don't want flying foxes vilified. There is way too much misinformation and hysteria surrounding the whole issue.
It should be noted that less than 1% of flying foxes are infected.
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Re: Flying Foxes and the heat.

Postby JNarelle » Wed Nov 19, 2014 11:45 am

Sadly these poor creatures are suffering again in this most recent heatwave.
I just hate to hear people at the shop say " good riddance! what pests ".
the public are just so uneducated about the importance of these animals, ( and all the other wildlife in general).
Habitat destruction is why the flying foxes are moving into towns.
why can't councils reforest areas out of town that will be suitable to them to roost in. :cry:
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Re: Flying Foxes and the heat.

Postby bubba louie » Thu Nov 20, 2014 12:45 am

JNarelle wrote:Sadly these poor creatures are suffering again in this most recent heatwave.
I just hate to hear people at the shop say " good riddance! what pests ".
the public are just so uneducated about the importance of these animals, ( and all the other wildlife in general).
Habitat destruction is why the flying foxes are moving into towns.
why can't councils reforest areas out of town that will be suitable to them to roost in. :cry:



Last I read they had about 400 orphans in care from a camp in Casino. Woodford didn't get it too bad this time.
I saw a photo of some firemen spraying a camp to cool them down.
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