Thousands of giant bats are dying upside down due to an Australian heat wave
February 12, 2017 11:24 AM EST
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.
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.