flying fox orphans

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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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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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We have now exceeded 950 dead and orphaned pups with a second wave of new born pups being found. In the past week quite a few newborns and a couple of premature pups have been found orphaned. This is most likely due to mothers who lost their young very early in the season becoming pregnant again. Heartbreaking to think they have lost yet another pup.

We are still working very hard to get federal government to investigate the situation and had a visit from Canberra this week, here’s hoping some positive news comes of it.

Meanwhile more of our eldest pups have moved into the release enclosure with close to 90 now strengthening their wings and beginning their transition to release.

Since September 15th last tear we have had only one single day where orphans or dead pups were not found. 1 day out of 125...
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Our death and orphan toll has continued to climb, now at 915. With the construction company closing for 10 days over the Christmas break, we did see a drop in numbers coming in, even have one single day where we did not find any orphaned or dead. Unfortunately it began to rise once again after work resumed.

60 of our oldest pups have made the transition into our creche enclosure, giving them the opportunity to strengthen their wings and familiarise themselves with their surrounding environment before they are released in early April. Representing only 1/6th of the orphans is care, there are quite a few more yet to join them.

Our orphans ages range from 4 month old pups to 3 week old pups, making it necessary to do a staged release.

As birthing season has not yet finished, it is looking very likely we will continue to find more orphans for the remainder of this month.

Watching these pups fly free for the first time after many months of work preparing them is by far the most rewarding experience for everyone involved.
Our first 60 orphans enjoying the creche
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It’s been a long season with our death and orphan toll reaching 911 yesterday. We have continued on over the Christmas and new year breaks caring for orphans and monitoring the colony. Not a day has passed with out dead or orphaned being found.
The construction company closed over Christmas for 10 days which did see a drop in numbers being found during that period but since reopening on the 2nd of January it has begun to rise once again, with 2 pups found in the construction site within 30 minutes of its opening, one of which had a fractured wing.
Each day now sees more dead than orphaned being found and many government offices remain closed until the 8th of January.
We are waiting for a response from them requesting an investigation and environmental protection order to be placed on the colony. With the majority of pups from this season either in Care or dead this event will have huge implications on the already declining species.
Exhaustion is setting in with all our carers and rescuers after 4 months of work caring for this huge number and the emotional toll of collecting so many dead. But still we battle on
The majority of the pups in Care have begun their first flight but even yesterday a 3 week old pup was found orphaned at the colony and quite a few around the same age in Care. These pups will not be ready for release until May or June.
60 of the oldest pups brought into Care have now gone to our release enclosure to strengthen their wings in a 10 metre flight aviary.
The pup pictured below is one currently in my cate, she was found as a 3 week old with severe burns to her wing and it was unknown if she would recover from the extensive injuries. I can happily say now After 3 months of medical treatment and therapy to her wings, she can fly and will be suitable for release.
Her burns have fully healed with no permanent damage to her wing, sadly not all orphans that have been found were as lucky.
It won’t be long now before the pups sent to Brisbane will be ready to be returned and transport will need to be arrange to bring them to our release enclosure, they are doing really well at the moment which is fantastic for everyone to see.
This has been a very emotional season for all our carers witnessing the deaths and injured, the magnitude of volumes found but not one carer has given up. It has only made them fight harder to save these animals, we thankyou you all for your support. Without you this would have been an next to impossible task.
It’s not over yet...
Before- my pup at 3wks old with burns
After- the same pup at 3mths old
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