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Bat population in South-East Queensland affected by mass starvation event

"Unfortunately we're seeing a starvation event happening due to deforestation, development and even the recent bushfires and most predominantly, the drought," she said.

"What we've been recommending to people if they have bats who are naturally visiting their garden is just to give them a little bit of support," Ms Fraser said.

There's just a lack of food sources out there for these flying foxes who eat fruit and nectar."

Ms Fraser said climate change was driving the deaths, and the public could expect to see mass starvation events among the bat population much more frequently...

"What we're recommending people make are 'Apple Fruit Kebabs' so that's just a simple mechanism of threading some fencing wire or an old coathanger through some apples and hanging that high in your tree."

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We still have the little critters calling in to our yard each night. They squabble over their tucker each night., the dogs seem to leave them alone now.  Our neighbour on the other side is selling out so that is more trees that will be bull-dozed. 

Previous neighbor built one of those good neighbor fences  and now the possums are too high  and  the new owners dog  barks and jumps on fence at night  and makes plenty of noise.


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