Last weekend WIRES Northern Rivers hosted a Bat Party at Clunes to celebrate the rescue and release back to the wild of 400 flying-fox pups rescued from the heat stress event in Casino in November last year.
Several thousand adult bats succumbed to the heat, leaving hundreds of orphans which were rescued by wildlife carers.
The baby bats were transported to wildlife carer groups across NSW, Qld, ACT and SA. They were raised by dedicated carers over the summer months and have been returned to the north coast and Qld for release.
The Bat Party at Clunes was attended by several hundred volunteers from NSW and Qld. It was a tribute to the wonderful co-operation between wildlife groups and a celebration of the release the more than 400 orphaned baby bats.