Megabats live on a diet of blossom, nectar and fruit and can weigh up to 1kg and over in weight with a wingspan of up to 1.5 metres. They have well developed eyes and a strong sense of smell.
Megabats are a very important part of the pollination process of native trees and shrubs. They are far more efficient than birds and bees. More information about their importance to the environment can be found here https://environment.des.qld.gov.au/wildlife/animals/living-with/bats/flying-foxes/importance
In January 2020 a sever hailstorm hit Canberra including Commonwealth Park. Flying-foxes who were roosting in the trees were hit by hundreds of hailstones resulting in the death of over 600 Flying-foxes. Volunteers from ACT Wildlife, experienced and vaccinated, were called to the park to assist in the rescue of survivors. Vets from the ACT Government and the Animal Referral Hospital were also involved in euthanasing those whose injuries were too severe to save. ACT Wildlife carers took approximately 60 Flying-foxes into care until they were ready for release.
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Microbats roost in caves, tree bark and hollows, and any small spaces they find including inside cavities in walls and chimneys. They make up 20% of the world’s total mammal groups and there are 175 species in Australia.
Bats must never be handled as they as they can carry Lyssavirus, a rabies-like virus, that is fatal to humans if not treated. If you find a bat, call our 24/7 Hotline 0432 300 033 for a vaccinated bat carer to attend.
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