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100,000 dead bats fall from the sky in Australia

Posted by Doug Saffir  January 8, 2014 10:32 AM

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If you've ever seen a bat flying around, be it in your attic or out on the front lawn, that one airborne creature can inspire a decent amount of fear.

Now multiply that one bat by 100,000, make them all dead, and have them raining down from the skies. That's what just happened in Australia.

A heat wave in the state of Queensland that has temperatures rising above 109 degrees Fahrenheit caused nearly 100,000 bats to just fall from the sky and forced some unfortunate reporter to write the following sentence:

"About 100,000 bats have fallen from the sky and died during a heatwave in Australia that has left the trees and earth littered with dead creatures."

Oh, and also this one:

"The stench from the rotting carcasses has begun to disturb residents of Brisbane and large towns. Authorities have dispatched rubbish collectors to pick up thousands of carcasses from populated areas."

It may be almost unbearably cold in some parts of the world right now, but a few extra layers seems way better than any amount of dead bat rain.

You can email me at douglas.saffir@globe.com. Follow me on Twitter @DougSaffir.

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