Meanwhile, WIRES has teamed up with the NSW Rural Fire Service on the ground to find other bats in need of rescue, and to try to prevent more heat-related casualties by spraying cool water in trees where the animals assemble.
"It is all worth it," writes WIRES. "Flying-foxes are crucial to keeping native forests healthy. They disperse seeds and pollinate flowering plants. Flying-foxes are highly mobile and seeds can be moved over great distances. Seeds germinated away from their parent plant, have a greater chance of surviving and growing into a mature plant. Seed dispersal also expands the gene pool within forests and this strengthens forests against environmental changes."