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Bats! 100,000 giant bats descend on Australian town

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    I feel bad for the townspeople.


    The particular species of bat colony involved, the Grey-Headed Flying Fox, looks kind-of adorable but in reality they're ****ing disgusting.

    They fly out at dusk to feed on flowering spotted gum and bloodwood trees in forests, then wake locals with a cacophony of screeching on their return to town before dawn.

    Thousands fly en masse into power lines, knocking out power to the entire town. This happened not just once but on nine consecutive nights in April.

    Their acidic droppings can burn through the paintwork on cars if not washed off within hours. Males mark out their roosting territory with a pungent scent.

    A bite or a scratch from a bat carries the risk of the rabies-like lyssavirus that has claimed three lives in Australia in the past 20 years.
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