Dozens of fruit bats injured in Australia's January heatwave are being nursed back to health by a team of volunteers.
This cute fruit bat lives in Camira, Australia. Though it looks happy, it’s had a tough couple of months. He is one of over 450 bats who were injured in January’s heatwave. A team of local volunteers have been nursing them back to health.
As the bats were very small when they were found, they couldn’t live in the wild. The team had to build special walk-in cages for them to live in until they are strong enough to fly free.
The bats need to eat lots of nutritious food so the volunteers spend lots of time chopping up fruit. They estimate in the three months they’ve been looking after the bats they’ve gone through several thousand tons of the fresh stuff!
The chopped food makes a special fruit salad for the bats to eat. It has extra protein added which helps the bats grow big and strong.
As soon as the bats are big enough, they'll be released back into the wild.