When Philippa Schroor opened her door, she was horrified. On her lawn was a masse of dead, rotting bats that left her stupefied. She’d never seen anything like it except in a “horror movie.” But this was real life – her life – and she wanted nothing to do with the 5,500 bats that died in her yard because of the massive heat wave scorching the earth.
Schroor found the bats in a state of horrid decay. They were infested with maggots and were smoldering in the heat in her lawn. As one of the dozens of residents affected by the bat problem, this mother of two wants someone to help, her get rid of them. The carcasses are props from a “scene out of a horror movie,” and she never signed up to be an actor in one of those.
The heat wave is affecting Queensland, Australia right now. And Schroor lives in Edmonton where the bats have been dying due to the heat by the thousands.
Because the temperature rose to 104 degrees on Sunday, the bats have been dropping dead. They just cannot handle those high temperatures, which are happening because of climate change.
In the last week, Schroor estimates that about 5,500 bats have fallen dead on her property – and they could contain rabies, making things even scarier for her and her children. She was forced to abandon her home as man-made climate change killed bats by the thousands. She was unwilling to live out the rest of the week in a horror movie.
She said to the Mirror UK: “It was a scene out of a horror movie and there is still putrefied rotting carcasses are everywhere. I cannot return home until I get a cleaner to scrub my walls, furniture, linen, vehicle upholstery before the smell has permeated everything. This is a public health issue.”
And she’s not even the only person abandoning her home because it was rained down upon by thousands of dead bats. Other residents including Lisa Eagleton spoke to Daily Mail Australia to explain how disgusted they were that the heat wave was killing thousands of bats. She said that she watched an entire bat colony “hanging in trees or dead on the ground.”
Because the mess was so terrible, Eagleton fled home just like Schroor did. But before she was able to get away to the safety of somewhere not infested with dead bats, she had to pick up the dozens of animals that had fallen dead on her property. She didn’t want the carcasses attracting rats and other scavengers that would seek more food and try to break into her home while she was gone.
She said about the bins outside her home, “In those yellow plastic bins are at least 60 to 80 dead bats. And then in every bag, you see there’s another 20 to 25 dead bats from behind my house.”
The heat wave has been so destructive, officials from the Cairns Far North Queensland Wildlife announced that at least 500 infant bats, called pups, have lost their mothers to the heat.
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