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Residents of Batemans Bay on the New South Wales South Coast have called on their local council to do more to stop flying foxes plaguing the town, saying the bats are affecting their quality of life and business opportunities.
Former Eurobodalla councillor Robin Innes said she was among a number of residents who had been forced to leave their homes on a regular basis due to the odour, noise and disruption generated by tens of thousands of flying foxes in summer.
She said grey-headed flying foxes began to annually visit the region en masse about six years ago.
"At first it was exciting because we had never seen bats," Ms Innes said.
But, more recently the fruit bats have set up a permanent camp in the Water Garden Town Park Wetlands.
"Then they started to do their business all over the yards and then your car would be covered with yellow faeces," Ms Innes said.
"You can't let your kids go out and play, you can't leave your clothes out overnight.
"They start about 4:00am when they are coming home and they are pooping everywhere.
"It is just awful and I am so sorry for the people that have no alternative to go anywhere else. They deserve better."
Ms Innes's home is located in Pacific Street near the Water Garden Park and she would like to re-open the former boarding house to visitors for high tea and other tourism activities.
But she said she was seriously thinking about moving away on a more permanent basis due to the ongoing bat problem.
Earlier this year the Batemans Bay flying fox population peaked with an estimated 30,000 bats.
Ms Innes said her family refused to stay in her house due to the bats' stench.
"They say, 'Oh, am not staying here, it smells terrible'," she said.
"My family come back and say, 'Mum how can you live with this?'"
""I have found myself sitting in the lounge room crying because of the smell of these things.
Batemans Bay resident Mary Brierley
Ms Innes is among a number of nearby residents who are feeling very anxious in the lead up to peak summer bat numbers.
"I have moved over into High Street and it is like a nightmare," neighbour Mary Brierley said.
"On dark it would take 40 minutes for these things to fly from the Water Garden Park to out of town, so that gives you and estimation for how many there are."
Ms Brierley said she also found gardening impossible because of the excretion from the bats.
"Their faeces is just all over the place," she said.
"I have found myself sitting in the lounge room crying because of the smell of these things.
"Constantly having to close doors and windows putting on the exhaust fans to try and breath."
Eurobodalla Council calls for government action
Grey-headed flying foxes are a protected species and their favoured local habitat, the Batemans Bay Water Garden Park, is also protected.
Eurobodalla Council is responsible for around 65 per cent of the approximately 10-acre wetland area, with the remainder owned by private land holders and the local Aboriginal Land Council.
"The flying foxes are a protected species, we understand that. But this is neither the time nor the place for them," Ms Brierley said.
"I have lost confidence in the Eurobodalla Council because they have made a process out of it and it could take years and neighbours have almost given up hope.
"What are we supposed to do?"
Since March this year the Eurobodalla Council has spent $30,000 on emergency management, which has included pruning trees around nearby residents' homes to create a buffer zone between the bats' camp at the Water Garden Park and nearby dwellings.
The council spent a further $50,000 engaging a private consultant to create a management plan for the bats and is also preparing to launch a new website called Flying-Fox Engage, which asks responders to share how they feel about the bats and what responses they would like to see from council.
"Removing vegetation [in Water Garden Park] and culling bats is not on the agenda," Eurobodalla Mayor Lindsay Brown said.
He said there were mixed opinions about the flying foxes in the wider community and that council was being very proactive.
"People watch from over the other side of the river and the bay and they say it looks like the black plague has arrived." - Councillor Milton Leslight
Mr Brown said there were also regulatory and legislative limitations to consider.
"I would hate anybody to think that council is not being urgent on this," he said.
"It is a bureaucratic process and it is going to take some time.
"We would like to have this resolved as soon as possible but we have to tick all the boxes as far as legislative requirements are concerned."
Mr Brown said controversy in relation to flying foxes was not unique to Batemans Bay and he was seeking a meeting with the NSW Minister of Environment.
Water Gardens Park should be drained, cleared out: residents
Councillor and licensed real estate agent Milton Leslight said the council's recent emergency management had been a waste of ratepayers' funds and he was concerned it would do nothing to stop the growing problem.
Mr Leslight said some Batemans Bay businesses were closing, the local hospital has been affected and that nearby property values were dropping and many rentals remain empty as a result of the fruit bats.
"The escalation of the numbers has been horrific," Mr Leslight said.
"People watch from over the other side of the river and the bay and they say it looks like the black plague has arrived.
"[But] the novelty has destroyed these people's lives. If we don't address the problem as a matter of urgency, the problem is only going to escalate."
Mr Leslight accused Eurobodalla Council of being "complacent" and "lacking fortitude" to tackle the "bureaucratic red tape".
"The Water Gardens Park need to be cleaned out urgently," he said.
"The talk-fest will go on forever otherwise."
Ms Innes said she would also like to see the Water Gardens drained and cleaned out with excavators.
"Get rid of the undergrowth, burn it through, maintain the garden as a garden and not as a bat repository," she said.
"If we have created the problem then we can un-create it, because we should be smarter than the bats!
"Seventy per cent of the shire is forest and if they can't find another little waterhole in this shire to go and colonise then it is pretty sad."
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Tell USDA and Zoos to Stop Leaking Bats into Research and the Cruel Exotic Pet Trade
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Many zoos provide enrichment and quality of life for the bats in their care and and take the time to neuter male fruit bats to prevent excess reproduction. However, many do not, especially those in the private sector. Because of a lack of population control with bats housed in both accredited and private zoos across the US, bats often abandon their young, suffer from over crowding, lack of enough food and flight space, and early death. In an effort to control excess populations some zoos resort to outright culling, supplying bats to research (where they are ultimately euthanized) and even supplying unscrupulous pet trade dealers with fruit bats who end up in cramped cages where they are used for breeding. Babies are often ripped away from their mothers and then sold at hundreds to thousands of dollars to the unsuspecting public, as these young bats typically die within their first year when kept as pets.

Below is actual text received from and about accredited and non-accredited zoos across the US over the past few years:
Quotes from individuals regarding the disposal of fruit bats by AZA accredited zoos:
1) "When I told the director that baby vampire bats were being washed down the drain when the exhibit was hosed out, he said "consider it a means of population control.'"''
2)  "I talked with Ryan, the pet store owner I know, and he found out the Egyptians are from the Memphis Zoo. He has a friend in Austin that bought several. They are all males."
3)  "These are Leaf-nose Fruit Bats from S. America. I have already got the lecture about what zoos are doing with surplus bats. I am not a zoo, and do not agree with most of the things they do. ... I am hoping to get some information on this before more babies fail to survive. The ones I have dealt with so far have a good to great appetite, but don't survive 24 hours."

4) "It is outrageous the way smaller bats are mis-managed, and a welfare issue. The surpluses available are ridiculous eg 200.200 from Central Park Zoo! .....most zoos are simply not able (or willing) to separate the sexes, and even when they do they often sex the animals incorrectly and one male gets a field day!"
5) "I just received a call from the Cincinnati Museum regarding a man in Cincinnati who owns a pet store. Apparently he is gearing up to accept "leaf-nose fruit bats" from a zoo in NC. This zoo is doling them out much like the other zoo ... in FL."
6) "Apparently it has become routine for zoos to indiscriminately supply the pet trade with their surplus fruit bats. This practice seems highly irresponsible and cruel. What can be done to stop this? Why is population control never considered?"
7) "A friend of mine has recently been given about 200 Leaf-nose Fruit Bats that were left over from a zoo that closed. Many of them have babies or have given birth since he acquired them. Many others appear to be pregnant. Some of the babies have been dropping off and he has not been successful in keeping the alive. He gave two to me..."
8) "I am extremely concerned that bats will end up in the pet trade. ... I do not know if this is still happening and if you hear of any please let me know.The Memphis information is disturbing and I will follow up with them. At the very least they should be neutering bats before they send them out..."

9) "I have a group of about 80 Jamaican fruits bats that we have used in testing flight skills. ...the Denver Zoo wanted to give me all 400 they have on site if they could have as their situation is out of control."

Direct quotes made by zookeepers from both accredited and non-accredited zoos regarding fruit bats in their care:
1) "I work with a colony of Seba's short-tailed bats (Carollia perspicillata) in captivity and lately we have been noticing a dramatic increase in the number of juvenile deaths. We have been unable to determine the reason why and it is driving us crazy! Necropsies have not been helpful the bats are so small that by the time we manage to get them to the necropsy room they are usually autolyzed. "
2) " ... we experienced overcrowding with our Rousettus colony in the past before we made them a single-sex colony and cut down on the number of specimens significantly their reactions were rejecting their babies and engaging in feeding frenzy behavior where they would devour absolutely everything offered to them in record time."
3) "The injured bats crawl around on the floor sometimes, and are able to fly for very short stints (maybe a couple of seconds, tops); they always return to their little cave, and so really are almost never seen by the public anyway."
4) "When we had more Jamaicans, we used to get questions from the public about them, because they would crawl on the floor sometimes, but since we now have only 9 left, among all the other bats in the flight, they are hardly even noticed."
5) "I find it really funny that you have someone looking for Egyptian fruit bats now, because a year ago when we were trying to change over to a single-sex colony, we had so much trouble finding places for them - no one wanted Egyptian fruit bats!"
6) "...about 10 Jamaican fruit bats (all-male and all ancient, the colony has been there since our building opened in 1995, but we are now trying to phase them out),..."
Bats are not disposable commodities, they are thinking, intelligent beings who develop strong and even lifelong bonds with family members. Bats are capable of living 25 years or more when provided with a proper environment and care. Bats in the pet trade generally die within the first years due to loneliness, depression and lack of proper care. 

Please sign the petition urging the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to immediately stop pushing bats into research and the cruel exotic pet trade, and to neuter all surplus male bats as well as provide an enriched lifetime of care for every bat in their possession.
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In this pic I just got him off the chain link fence and placed him in my jacket, left open, so he can continue to call out to mum.

Rescue lost mum megabat flying-fox black male #batsrule #bat #bats #megabat #flyingfox #fruitbat #wildlife 
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Australia Zoo wildlife hospital issues 10/10/2015 #wildlife 

AUSTRALIA Zoo Wildlife Hospital management’s push to replace vet nurses with unqualified staff has led to disturbing animal welfare cases and allegations of mistreatment.

Australia Zoo Animal Hospital spokesman refuses to comment on why Terri Irwin didn’t respond to letter of concern

TERRI Irwin was warned two months ago about the dire situation at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital but the staff who appealed to her did not receive a response.

The Sunday Mail yesterday revealed allegations of animal mistreatment and suffering at the world-famous hospital caused by a trend towards hiring unqualified staff for vet nurse roles.

Four senior vets sent a letter to Ms Irwin, one of the hospital’s seven directors, in August outlining fears that the reputation of the wildlife hospital and its ability to provide care was at risk.
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rehab jackie sparrow little red megabat female 19/09/2015
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Weaving guts and wool into fantastic knitted creations, artist Emily Stoneking has made a line of (mostly) anatomically correct, partially dissected, knitted creatures.
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Netting fruit tree
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Every year, we lose thousands of Megabats (flying-foxes) to barbed wire and badly netted trees.
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