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Baby Bats Cairns

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Raised by 422 people in 7 months
Help us save our Spectacled flying foxes, last season saw a devastating 1154 pups die or come into Care from one colony, our team is working to save these orphans and help the already threatened species
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We can’t catch a break at the moment
Hottest day on record for Cairns today
62 dead and approximately 60 live. 38 joining ones in my care brining my total to now 411, another carer taking an additional 20

The vast majority coming down in the latest heat adult males all from the library colony, 30 of the 38 brought to me today are adult males.

Big pat on the back for the rescuers who have been on site in the horrendous heat every day collecting the dead and rescuing the live, I was at the colony this morning to transport some of those rescued and it was horrible, heat aside, the stressed, dead dropping, so many trees to watch and not enough time to check them all before you find more dead under them. A lot of focus goes on those of us caring for these animals but the dedicated team rescuing them are vital, without their hard work we couldn’t do what we do

Finally after 3 years of waiting the minister of Environment upgraded the Spectacled flying fox to endangered.

Let’s hope it’s not too late to put protections and a recovery plan in place to save them
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This season is far from being over. Meet Pinto, a pup found today in Cairns. Only hours old with his umbilical cord still attached and covered in dirt

He is the third newborn found in the past week
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We are progressing through this season, but the orphans are still coming in. Unfortunately we have seen many many pups taking their first flight finding themselves in building sites within the CBD, balconies and collisions with cars.

Another wave of newborns had begun as well with two in the last 24hrs alone. We except to begin releasing pups around March but some newborns won’t be ready for release until June.

We can’t thank everyone who had donated enough. The food costs are enormous to feed what is now edging toward 900 orphans in Care. Because of everyone that had supported us we have been able to build another two aviaries and have another in construction.

The sheer volume of workload has seen a couple carers finding themselves unable to continue, the stress was too much. But some of our others carers have taken on their pups to ensure all the work done so far has not gone to waste.

Yesterday the federal government was scheduled to make a decision on upgrading this species. Currently they are threatened but due to the losses this season they now fit the criteria of critically endangered. We wait with baited breath to hear the results.

Thankyou, your support has made a huge difference in helping us save as many lives as possible. It’s been tough and will continue to be for some time. The kind words and messages of support mean more than we could say and sometimes come when they are needed most ❤️
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone that supported us over this season
From all our carers we wish you a wonderful holiday period with your loved ones and thankyou for making this holiday period that little bit easier for us.

Enjoy seeing some of the faces who’s future is looking a lot brighter thanks to you. The first of the custom built aviaries to hold some of our orphans in complete and 80 pups moved in, and they absolutely love it. Room to fly and stretch their wings and lots of enrichment

Thankyou ❤️
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