flying fox orphans

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Raised by 226 people in 18 months
We have had a shocking birthing season, with over 500 pups found dead and many more in care. To date 1008 pups have been found dead or orphaned. Currently I have 63 in care and numbers are increasing rapidly on a daily basis.These pups need food, supplies and medications. Specialist formulas alone are expensive and all costs are incurred by carers alone. This species is listed as threatened and declining at 9% per annum.Help us save this species
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Once again we appeared to be about to face a season like the last if not worse. Our last season saw over 1100 orphans from one camp. This seasons tally nears 300 dead or orphaned already and we are only in October.
It’s not just supplies we need to feed and care for these animals but also time.

All our carers and rescuers have undergone advanced training to be able to cope with the large range of injuries and conditions, immediate response and triage to increase our chances of saving as many live pups found as we can....and it’s working, with more pups surviving in care this season. Rescuers provide medical treatment on the ground before pups are moved to carers, an incubator now means we have the capacity to save more orphans.
With more orphans surviving we have more expenses to care for them.
The last few days have seen a dramatic increase in numbers.
On top of the already high orphan rate we have been faced with a higher than normal incidence of pups born with cleft palate as well as flying foxes affected by ticks

We can’t do this alone, we need your help.
Click on the link below to donate or share this campaign to help us get the word out
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Baby season is about to hit us once again
We have already lost one pregnant mum and her pup from a tick and want to get prepared for what this season brings us before it hits
I’ve started a new campaign for this season to help
You can find the link on my campaigns under baby bats cairns’
We will start by getting supplies needed to help premature pups, things like heat mats and hopefully an incubator will get many through
Last season we had almost 100 premature pups come in, their survival rate is not great but our team had done specialist training and ready for what we encounter
Thankyou for all the tremendous support we received last season
We couldn’t have done it with out you ❤️
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It’s been a tough year but we are getting there

A fortnight ago we released a third of our orphans, with the next lot due to be released this coming Thursday.
It’s an exciting moment with a bit of nervousness for their safety thrown in.

A couple dozen of my orphans were released in the first stage with another 50 of mine going next.

Our orphans from Brisbane are now on route back to us. Half will be housed at Tolga Bat Hospital and half with myself until the release cage is free and then they will all be moved into there to become familiar with their surroundings before being released.

I was lucky enough to have a touching moment with Darla one of my orphans who had come in severely burnt, she recovered fully and stopped to say her goodbye as she was moved into the release aviary.

I still have a dozen late season pups and a couple injured with a few other carers in the same situation.

The mammoth task of fruit chopping for our released bats has been taken on by a couple of our dedicated carers, but we are on the home stretch.

Thankyou to all our supporters, you made this happen ❤️
One of our released bats
Darla says goodbye
Getting ready for release
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Exciting news,
The colony has returned to our release site. In five days time 170 of our 350+ orphans will be released back to the wild.

I will attempt to film this and share with everyone that supported our orphans.
You made this happen!
Without all the support we received through this very difficult season we would not have been able to do what we have done.

A heartfelt thankyou from all our carers in far North Queensland.
Within a couple weeks the remaining orphans will join the first released pups leaving us with only late season pups and ones recovering from injury ❤️
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