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Tens of thousands of black flying foxes invading an Australian town

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Slide 1 of 17: Up to 80,000 flying foxes have incredibly formed a 'maternity camp' along a popular riverside in northern New South Wales forcing several parks to close.

Up to 80,000 flying foxes have incredibly formed a 'maternity camp' along a popular riverside in northern New South Wales forcing several parks to close.

Slide 2 of 17: The bats, known as little reds, have joined the existing grey-headed and black fruit bat population in Casino, and have setup camp along the Richmond River.

The bats, known as little reds, have joined the existing grey-headed and black fruit bat population in Casino, and have setup camp along the Richmond River.

Slide 3 of 17: Spectacular photos of the mass congregation of bats show the animals hanging from branches.

Spectacular photos of the mass congregation of bats show the animals hanging from branches.

Slide 4 of 17: The animals are only expected to hang around for a few weeks before they fly up to Queensland where females will give birth in May.

The animals are only expected to hang around for a few weeks before they fly up to Queensland where females will give birth in May.

Slide 5 of 17: Little red flying foxes can sometimes gather together in groups of up to 100,000.

Little red flying foxes can sometimes gather together in groups of up to 100,000.

Slide 6 of 17: Signs have been put up around parks redirecting residents who have also been told to keep clear of the visiting bats.

Signs have been put up around parks redirecting residents who have also been told to keep clear of the visiting bats.

Slide 7 of 17: Up to 80,000 bats are believed to have setup camp in Casino over recent weeks.

Up to 80,000 bats are believed to have set up camp in Casino over recent weeks.

Slide 8 of 17: Amazing photos capture just how large the group of flying foxes that are roosting at the Richmond River in Casino is.

Amazing photos capture just how large the group of flying foxes that are roosting at the Richmond River in Casino is.

Slide 9 of 17: Little red flying foxes are one of the most widespread species of bats in Australia.

Little red flying foxes are one of the most widespread species of bats in Australia.

Slide 10 of 17: A pair of bats are seen huddled together while hanging from a tree branch in Casino in northern NSW.

A pair of bats are seen huddled together while hanging from a tree branch in Casino in northern NSW.

Slide 11 of 17: When day turns into night the endless stream of bats then take to the skies, flying over parks, busy streets and homes.

When day turns into night the endless stream of bats then takes to the skies, flying over parks, busy streets, and homes.

Slide 12 of 17: The bats hang from the tree branches during the day before flying across the skies when dusk hits.

The bats hang from the tree branches during the day before flying across the skies when dusk hits.

Slide 13 of 17: The little red flying foxes are seen sprawled out across a tree on the Richmond River in northern NSW.

The little red flying foxes are seen sprawled out across a tree on the Richmond River in northern NSW.

Slide 14 of 17: Residents have complained about the constant smell, noise and amount of droppings left behind.

Residents have complained about the constant smell, noise, and amount of droppings left behind.

Slide 15 of 17: Bush walkers are seen walking under a large group of the flying foxes that have setup camp along the Richmond River in Casino.

Bushwalkers are seen walking under a large group of the flying foxes that have set up camp along the Richmond River in Casino.

Slide 16 of 17: The WIRES Northern Rivers organization said the Black Summer bushfires of 2019/2020 had had drastic impacts on the flying fox population.

The WIRES Northern Rivers organization said the Black Summer bushfires of 2019/2020 had had drastic impacts on the flying fox population.

Slide 17 of 17: Bats are seen lining the trees along the Richmond River in Casino in northern NSW.

Bats are seen lining the trees along the Richmond River in Casino in northern NSW.

 

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