Sure, it's been cold here in the United States — so cold in fact that iguanas are freezing and dropping out of trees in Florida — but our friends in Australia are experiencing the exact opposite issue.
In Sydney, temperatures are running so high that bats are boiling alive and falling from the sky.
According to Yahoo, the bats, many of which are babies, fell from the trees in Campbelltown, a western suburb of Sydney, after the temperatures exceeded 113 degrees Fahrenheit in the area.
“They basically boil,” Campbelltown colony manager Kate Ryan told the local Camden Advertiser. “It affects their brain – their brain just fries and they become incoherent.\”
According to Ryan, the bats, known as flying foxes, not only lined the streets, but hundreds more were found dead dangling from the trees above.
“It would be like standing in the middle of a sandpit with no shade,\” Ryan explained in a Facebook post. She added, “I don’t know how many times I bent down and got on my knees to pick up a dead baby. There were dead bodies everywhere.”
However, it wasn’t all bad news for the bats. WIRES, a local wildlife rescue group, was on hand to rescue any bats found alive. According to Al Jazeera, the volunteers were able to rescue and rehydrate more than 100 tiny bats and brought another 40 in for intensive care.
“In extremely trying conditions they [volunteers] worked tirelessly to provide subcutaneous fluids to the pups that could be reached and many lives were saved. But sadly many lives were lost too,” a spokesman for the charity Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown, explained to News.com.au.
And while the temperatures have been extreme enough, it appears Mother Nature isn’t quite done with Australia. Following the excessive heat, Sydney was hit with a severe lightning storm. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the greater Sydney region was hit with more than 4,600 lightning strikes in just a three-hour period. More bad weather is expected to roll through Tuesday with the Central Coast expected to feel the brunt of it.
If you're in the area and run into a bat in distress, reach out to a local animal rescue or shelter for assistance. Of course, humans can be negatively affected by the extreme heat, too. Seek shelter from the heat when possible and drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.