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A grey-headed Flying fox returned to the wild after rehabilitation by wildlife carers hangs high up a tree  Sunday, March 13, 2011 at a bat colony in western Sydney, Australia. A natural food shortage caused by rains, flooding and cyclones has forced flying foxes who normally feed on pollens and nectars into suburban gardens. A large number of grey-headed Flying foxes, an endangered species, have needed to be rescued from city regions after being entangled in fruit tree netting used by residents in a bid to stop the starving bats from feeding in them. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

Thousands of giant bats are dying upside down due to an Australian heat wave


Australia is home to all kinds of animals the rest of the world might find terrifying. So when thousands of those animals start dying suddenly, it might be worth paying attention.

Gizmodo reports grey-headed flying foxes, a giant species of bat, have been dying while hanging upside down in the trees as Australia buckles under a heat wave. The city of Adelaide is expected to hit 102 degrees today.

Many of their corpses fell to the ground.

Others stayed frozen in the trees.

ABC News Australia reports the death toll is likely to rise. To make matters worse, the bats can carry deadly diseases like the Hendra virus. 

Meanwhile, eastern Australia is also facing wildfires. The state of New South Wales had about 30 uncontained fires as of Sunday night local time.  The Rural Fire Service warned of "catastrophic" fire danger, The Guardian reports.

The gray-headed flying fox is one of four "flying fox" species in Australia. Its wingspan can be more than three feet long, according to the Australian Museum.

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