100,000 dead bats fall from the sky
About 100,000 bats have fallen from the sky and died during a heatwave in Australia.
Mass deaths at an estimated 25 separate colonies in southern Queensland have been reported since the weekend, writes ABC News.
"The heatwave was basically a catastrophe for all the bat colonies in south-east Queensland," said RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty.
Rubbish collectors have been clearing up the carcasses while locals have had to put up with the stench of the dead animals.
Hundreds of bats also lie dead in trees and nearby bushes and are being eaten by maggots.
Queensland Health is advising people not to touch the animals and to call authorities for help in clearing them away.
At least 16 people are receiving anti-viral treatment after coming into close contact with a bat.