Thursday, January 9, 2014

Australia's Record Heat Takes a Toll on Bats

Heat-Stressed Baby Bats Ready
to be Feed at the
Australia Bat Clinic in Gold Coast,
Queensland



While much of the USA is experiencing record low temperatures this winter, Australia is having its warmest summer on record. While I was there, people kept telling me that the heat was unusual. Now, the evidence proves it.

The record setting heat is making life difficult for humans, but it's deadly for animals. Bats, kangaroos, and dingoes are dying by the thousands. At the Australia Bat Clinic, scores of orphaned bats are being feed by volunteers. It's a drop in bucket, but at least these bats may have a chance. Climate change is real. It's not a hoax as some American politicians would have you believe. 

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