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Climate change makes bats drop dead

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PARIS (AFP) - Scorching heatwaves linked to climate change have caused thousands of Australian bats to drop dead after flapping their wings in a desperate bid to cool off, according to a study published Wednesday.

On one day alone in 2002, up to six percent of the flying foxes in a nine colonies in New South Wales died when temperatures hit 42 degrees Celsius (107.5 degrees Fahrenheit), according to the study.

Most alarming, said the biologists, was the mortality rate among young bats, as high as 50 percent.

"The effects of temperature extremes on flying foxes highlight complex implications of climate change for behaviour, demography and species survival," says the study, published by the Royal Society, Britain's de-facto academy of sciences.

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