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Heat causes bats to die en masse (Part 2)

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Continued from Part 1

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Bats are not able to withstand heat above 109 degrees, a conservation worker says (Queensland's Brisbane sweltered in temperatures of 106 on Saturday, reported ABC News):

"They just fall," says the worker who has not been named. "It's a horrible, cruel way to die."

Another issue is the smell from the bodies of the dead bats, which is upsetting the locals.

Newser.com says:

"In one area, residents say they've had to live with the smell for days; in others, teams of trash collectors have been put together by regional councils to clean up the carcasses.

"In addition to those that fell to the ground, hundreds of bodies are still in trees and bushes, and maggots have already set in."

According to The Blaze, locals have been warned not to touch the bats for fear of infection. However, for some, the warning may have come too late as several people have already had to have anti-viral treatment because they came into contact with the bats.

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