A Colac bat carer has thanked Colac Otway Shire Council for protecting endangered flying foxes during extreme heat and praised sections of the Colac community for their support.
Colac wildlife carer Jan Virgo is looking after more than 20 juvenile grey-headed flying foxes which were orphaned following heatwaves in Adelaide, Warrnambool and Geelong.
She says that while tens of thousands of the vulnerable native animals had died in Queensland, New South Wales and East Gippsland, the Colac Botanic Gardens provided lush green undergrowth that kept
temperatures cool and flying foxes alive.
“The council put the sprinklers on those really hot days at the end of last year, and I’d like to thank them for that,” Ms Virgo said.
“It’s not just that they’re flying foxes; it’s about animal welfare – they’re animals they need to be protected in the heat,” she said.
“I spoke to Frank (Castles, operations and services manager at COSC) and said it would be nice to put something in place for the summer.
See today’s Colac Herald for more.