"Their brain just fries."
Australia's weather has been viciously hot this past week. Sydney's temperature even reached 117 degrees, which is the city’s hottest day since 1939. Brushfires and oozing asphalts are now becoming common near Melbourne. The heat wave is a pain to everyone- even animals.
How bad is it? Let's put it this way: 100,000 flying fox bats-- a type of fruit bat--in southern Queensland died just over the weekend! These poor creatures from 25 separate colonies were falling out of trees due to the heat.
Moreover, On Sunday, a local environmental and animal rights group said that 400 flying foxes died in Campbelltown due to being overheated and youngsters are being abandoned as adults find water to drink or drench their fur to help cool down.
“They basically boil,” Campbelltown colony manager Kate Ryan told the Camden Narellan Advertiser. “It affects their brain – their brain just fries and they become incoherent.”
Bats generally can't keep up when heat rises above 104 degrees as this gives them a real hard time to regulate their internal body temperatures. What's more is that they had to live far away from lakes and rivers due to habitat loss. And if this heat wave deaths will continue further, there'd be huge ecological consequences, as the bats play a vital role in pollinating plants in eastern Australia, according to the Washington Post.
Meanwhile in the U.S., people and animals had to live with extreme temperatures on the opposite end of the thermometer. Now tell me global warming and climate change isn't real.
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