Epic swarm of fruit bats prevents medi-flight helicopter from landing; town under siege

Epic swarm of fruit bats prevents medi-flight helicopter from landing; town under siege
Fruit bats take over the trees in Ingham, Australia. Nine News Now video, YouTube

[Ed. – Some of the video footage is unreal.  Good luck to the residents of Ingham, Australia dealing with this massive invasion of a protected species.]

Flying foxes, also called fruit bats, outnumber the population here by hundreds of thousands.

“It’s like a bat tornado over the town,” Ingham resident Adam Kaurila tells A Current Affair.

The town’s Botanical Gardens are completely overrun with swarms. In fact, some of the trees are so full of bats that they’re breaking from the sheer weight of them.

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“It’s a nightmare,” Cr Jayo tells A Current Affair. He thinks the infestation has reached biblical plague proportions.

As the colony grows, so do concerns among locals. Bats have now moved into the trees surrounding the local kindergarten and primary school, where Adam and Susanne Kaurila have their two daughters.

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