In another example of how rapidly the climate is changing and disrupting ecosystems around the world, scorching Australian heatwave has already killed hundreds of flying foxes, much to the chagrin of environmentalists.
Shocked campaigners were confronted by the sight of scores of dead animals, and claimed the creatures were “boiled alive” in the heat. Some flying foxes were still hanging from trees as they died, in a shock mass death which campaigners called “dreadful and heartbreaking”.
Temperatures hit over 44 degree Celsius in the Campbelltown district of Sydney, causing over 400 of the animals to die. Sydney reached a nearly 80-year temperature high of 47.3 degree Celsius on Sunday. Flying foxes, like bees, help drive biodiversity, and faced with the threat of climate change, land clearing, and other human-caused ecological pressures, we need them more than ever.