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Thousands of Dead Bats Rain from the Sky in Australia

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While much of North America is still reeling from the effects of extreme cold, large portions of Australia have been experiencing a catastrophic heatwave – one which experts say caused an apocalyptic storm of bat corpses that rained down over southeast Queensland recently. 
 
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In an interview with ABC News, Australia's Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reported the high temperatures had a devastating impact on approximately 25 bat colonies in Queensland, and the resulting deaths of roughly 100,000 bats could impact the entire ecosystem.
 
While health and conservation officials are dealing with nasty cleanup issues, there's an additional threat of infection: several residents who tried to pick up the bodies themselves were bitten or scratched by still-living bats and had to undergo vaccinations for rabies and other viruses.
 
This gruesome YouTube video, shot at the appropriately-named Terrors Creek in Dayboro, shows the surreal landscape of more than a thousand bat corpses littered across a forest floor.
 

 

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