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Flying Fox/Fruit Bat Rescue From Improper Fruit Tree Netting HD

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Published on Feb 19, 2010

http://forgreenies.com
Hundreds of flying foxes need to be rescued from Queensland backyards because of the lack of thought that goes into fruit tree netting. The nets are commonly draped loosely over the tree to protect ripening fruit from birds and flying foxes. Problems occur when native wildlife land on the loose netting and the more they struggle to free themselves, the more entangled they become often resulting in a torturous death.

Gardeners need to be educated about effective and wildlife-friendly netting methods. By erecting a frame around the tree, the netting can be stretched over the frame so it is taut and wildlife just 'bounce' off. A great frame is made using star pickets and black poly pipe to create a 'dome'. The best netting to use is white or brightly coloured and with a mesh that does not tighten if something is entangled.

If a flying fox becomes entangled in your netting, please do not attempt to handle it. Call the RSPCA on 1300 animal or Bat Conservation & Rescue Qld on the rescue phone: 0488 228 134 and they will send out a trained and vaccinated rescuer.

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