flying fox

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Mauritius’s flying fox population has fallen by more than 50 percent since the culls began in 2015, according to Florens. Rachel Nuwer, National Geographic, "These endangered bats are being killed by the thousands—here’s why," 1 Mar. 2019 Hundreds of fruit-eating bats known as flying foxes have been reported dead in the Greater Sydney area, and scientists say their bodies lack the ability to regulate internal body temperature when weather outside rises above 104 degrees. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump’s embrace of earmarks underscores the peril of a president who doesn’t know history," 10 Jan. 2018 About 10,000 black flying foxes, another bat species, died during the same two-day period. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "A Single Heat Wave Killed One Third of Spectacled Fruit Bats in Australia," 18 Jan. 2019 As Chenoweth reports, volunteers monitoring another flying fox colony in nearby Picton did not report any deaths. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Heatwave Kills Hundreds of Flying Fox Pups in Australia," 11 Jan. 2018 At least 120 flying fox pups were brought in for hydration before being returned to their mothers. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "It's so hot in Australia that bats' brains are frying," 10 Jan. 2018 Experts link the plight of flying foxes to the globe's steadily rising temperature. Amanda Erickson, Washington Post, "It’s so hot in Australia that bats’ brains are frying," 9 Jan. 2018 Scott Heinrich, director of the Flying Fox Conservation Fund, says many flying foxes drop from trees because of dehydration. National Geographic, "Bats Are Boiling Alive in Australia's Heat Wave," 9 Jan. 2018 This is not the first time that flying foxes have suffered from the heat in Australia. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Heatwave Kills Hundreds of Flying Fox Pups in Australia," 11 Jan. 2018

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1759, in the meaning defined above

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