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flying fox orphans

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Raised by 212 people in 7 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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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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It’s still not over yet

Our pups sent to the Australian Bat Clinic in Brisbane will return to us this month, where we will prepare them for release.

Most pup are close to being released however we still have a handful of newborns including one premature pup yet to grow his belly fur.

Rescues of juveniles within the colony has continued with terrible injuries seen of late, including many fractures, sections of missing skin, torn wing membrane and head injuries.

Breeding season has begun which has complicated our work as many large males have joined the colony, finding themselves injured or killed as the impact with crane arms and other hazards within the area.
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WARNING: graphic images

To say this season is beyond the ridiculous is an understatement

4.5mths since it began and we are still finding more!!!

Our total just reached 1006 dead or orphaned, 499 live pups and 507 dead. Today additional cranes were added to both building sites, today 7 dead pups and 1 live pup were found, including another premature baby (pictured).

We have contacted every government department, council, organisations responsible for protecting these animals and still nothing has been done.

The long term implications on this species survival is huge and this has to be stopped. We reached capacity to care for these pups months ago but have no choice but to overstretch ourselves, we requested funding to help us with this insane quantity from the federal government and to date we have had no response.

This is a national disgrace!!!
Additional cranes
Crane arms swinging over the roost trees
Premature pup found dead today
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