[Ed. – That’s where the warmth is, East Coasters, in case you were wondering. The Australian continent is having an epic summer this year. “Boiled alive” is obviously a silly characterization, but “heatstroke” is apparently taking these useful, if unappealing creatures out in massive numbers.]
THOUSANDS of flying foxes died in an Australian heatwave so severe it has melted tarmac.
The animals fell from the trees as they were boiled alive in temperatures exceeding 40C in Campbelltown in New South Wales.
Animal welfare volunteers battled to save the lives of the hundreds of babies and some adults in distress but the death toll is believed to be in the thousands. …
The heatwave in three states brought temperatures strong enough to melt the bitumen on a highway and sparked bushfires that destroyed buildings and threatened lives.