Holy bat-astrophe! Another hot weekend looms

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

WILDLIFE carers working around the clock to save hundreds of orphaned baby bats are preparing for more problems with heat this weekend, with the temperature predicted to reach almost 40 degrees at Casino.

It is estimated as many as 5000 black and grey headed bats died along the banks of the Richmond River as a result of the scorching conditions last Saturday, which reached a record 44.1 degrees at Casino, according to figures from the Bureau of Meteorology.

Northern Rivers WIRES critical incident co-ordinator Renata Phelps said wildlife groups had been preparing for a hot weekend, but it was unclear how many bats remained in the colony and how high the temperature would go.

Ms Phelps said preparations included co-ordinating with the Rural Fire Service, which would spray the bat colonies with water again, if and when needed.

However, she stressed this would happen only if necessary because "preventative" spraying could create more stress for bats.

"Anything that disturbs or stresses the bats makes them fly so they're expending more energy in the hot weather flying, which speeds up the onset of heat stroke," she said.

As for the hundreds of orphaned bats, Ms Phelps said wildlife groups across the country, including in Queensland, South Australia and the ACT, had been working hard to relocate and rehabilitate the baby bats, known as "pups".

She said wildlife carers had been working "around the clock" with pups regularly being brought in to "bat central" - a wildlife carer's property at Caniaba - and the healthier ones redistributed to carer properties elsewhere.

"Most of us haven't slept more than a couple of hours since Saturday and we're mobilising as many volunteers as we can, both vaccinated and unvaccinated," Ms Phelps said.

"There's people here who are doing load after load of washing and folding the bats' linen, there's people bringing meals to us, people washing up the dishes, people helping the vaccinated bat handlers.

"The bat hand-lers are basically just sitting giving fluids to the little bats and there's so many bats that they are just doing that around the clock."

Ms Phelps said most of the bats being brought in, aged one and four weeks, would need to be bottle-fed four to five times a day until they were at least 10 weeks.

Anyone wanting to help the bats can donate online at or phone 8977 3396. Donations should specify for the Casino bats.

Topics:  casino editors picks flying foxes weather

Horsin' around at the Alstonville Show

HAPPY HORSE: Charlee and Paula Anthony with Tremayne Royal Opera  on the first day of the Alstonville Agriculture Show.

It's Ballina Shire's only show, so make sure you head along today

Making it easier to do the right thing

These new bins are set to be installed around the Byron Shire.

New bin enclosures are on the way for Byron Bay and Brunswick Heads

Local Partners

Car chases and ducks, all in a day's work at cafe

ANYONE who has travelled the Pacific Highway between Sydney and Brisbane would know of the Parkside Cafe at Woodburn.

This weekend's Northern Rivers markets list

Where to get fresh coffee and local produce from...

What's fresh at your local farmers' market

One of the most unusual things about the jaboticaba is the way it grows directly on the trunk and branches of the tree, covering it with shiny round fruit. PHOTO: KATE O'NEILL

Brazilian tree grapes and take home stir fries some new offerings

Stunning orchids on show in Lismore tomorrow morning

ONE of the magical orchids in show at Lismore Central at this year's Northern Rivers Orchid Species Society annual show.

Nature's most exotic works of art on show

The Kardashian sex tape has gone virtual reality

Vivid make Kim Kardashian West sex tape a virtual reality experience

Mariah Carey and James Packer discussing relationship

Mariah Carey and James Packer are discussing how to work things out

January Jones: Take time away from your phone

January Jones needs time away from her phone

Mel C won't return to Spice Girls for daughter

MEL C is adamant she won't reunite with the Spice Girls

60's British rock legends to return to Australia

The Troggs will play a string of dates across Australia in November.  Photo Contributed

We all remember 'Wild Thing' and now you can hear it live.

Depp jumps ship from agency of 25 years

Johnny Depp has signed to CAA after 25 years with the United

Want to own one of Australia's best restaurants?

TOP GONG: Mooloolaba Spice Bar has been named in TripAdvisor's Top 10 Australian restaurants for 2016.

Here's your chance to pick up one of the Coast's favourite eateries

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!