Cute photos of baby flying foxes in care after heat wave

CASINO amateur photographer Dee Hartin's images of the flying fox deaths at Casino last weekend have travelled around the world.

Dee Hartin
Dee Hartin Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Publications such as the Huffington Post and National Geographic, to name but two, have used them to illustrate the devastating impact of last weekend's 44C heatwave at Casino, which was estimated to have killed up to 5000 flying foxes.

However, a huge effort by volunteers from WIRES Northern Rivers managed to rescue about 450 baby flying foxes, and now Dee has recorded some of that too - heading out to Caniaba to capture these beautiful images of some of the rescued pups.

There has been a lot of debate on social media over the flying fox deaths. Some of those who have suffered through the noise and smell of Casino's huge colony welcoming the natural 'cull' of the animals. Others have pointed out the flying fox are a protected native species and crucial to the pollination of many native plants.

Whichever side of the debate you stand on, one thing is indisputable - the flying fox pups are incredibly cute!



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