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This photo is of a rescue of an adult Grey-headed flying-fox which had become entangled in netting. This type of netting that is loosely draped over fruit trees is an unintended trap for bats, birds and other wildlife. Although these animals are listed as threatened species, the Queensland Government still issues permits to shoot and harass Flying-foxes.
These flying foxes are found along the east coast of Australia from southern Queensland through to southern Victoria. It appears that their range is slowly shifting southwards.
Flying foxes with severe wing damage from entanglement in netting or barbed wire may have to be put down. This one was lucky. She was one of 9 rescued from the same tree that day, and she was released a few weeks later.
Spotted on Apr 22, 2008
Submitted on Nov 22, 2013
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