EnviroGrants help support orphaned Flying Fox affected by bushfires
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EnviroGrants help support orphaned Flying Fox affected by bushfires

January 23, 2020

You have a look
at that little face and I don’t know how you can’t not fall in love with these most amazing little native animals
we have Little man, what are you doing? My name’s Leanne and I am a wildlife carer specifically for Flying Foxes which are also known as
Fruit Bats As most wildlife carers we open up our homes to wildlife and they pretty much live
inside the house destroy things, etc How I get hold of them I do rescues in the local area and I also rehab and raise them As everyone knows about the bushfires that are happening even in Queensland but some pretty horrible ones
down in New South Wales have actually directly affected a lot of camps around Singleton and these guys were actually sent up they arrived at my doorstep 50 of them and we’ve triaged and sent them out to other carers
and groups in South East Queensland to help ease the burden for the guys
down in New South Wales Basically the Mum’s really struggling
with the drought and the bushfires and the smoke and they’ve left their pups behind The Grey Headed Flying Fox which is actually federally listed as vulnerable to extinction Statistics out there are saying there’s about 350,000 of them in the wild but that’s a few years old now We could possibly have even lost
up to 50% of them A facility like this soft release site is something that’s really,
really needed They will be support fed for a number of months afterwards so that they integrate slowly
with the local colonies and they learn more
bat behaviour, etc You look at that little face
and it’s really hard to let them go but trust me, they turn into teenagers and so when they go into
that soft release site you open up the hatch and you see them fly out and then come in for their
support feeding it’s just the most amazing feeling because these guys need to be free Flying Foxes are actually
a very, very clean animal they groom themselves a lot
during the day and disease wise there is no risk if you
don’t touch them and there is a post-exposure
vaccination if anything does ever happen but we just say “no touch, no risk” Logan City Council have been fantastic the grants that they provide for wildlife carers and wildlife groups is just second to none it’s been amazing
their EnviroGrants For anyone that wants to
actually help these little guys in the future is just planting a lot of our native blossoms because that is predominantly
what these guys feed on Fruit netting, anything that you
can put your finger through is really bad for any wildlife so wildlife friendly netting
is fantastic to use it’s just all those little things And joining the local wildlife association that you can just find there’s so many of them just look it up and ask
what you can do to help

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  1. God bless you! I have learned a lot from watching other rescuers and carers of flying foxes… I love them theyโ€™re amazing creatures and misunderstood.. your dedication and love for these batties is a wonderful thing thank God for people like you… I pray that these fires cease and that you stay safe ..โค๏ธ๐Ÿฆ‡๐Ÿฆ‡๐Ÿฆ‡๐Ÿฆ‡

  2. It's very sad what's happening in Australia and the Flying Foxes are very underappreciated animals important to the other wildlife.

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