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Bats. I’ve got bats.

By Kayem 16 December 2013 32

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The tree across my lane way in Scullin has recently provided host to a colony of fruit bats.

I wish it was not true, but here they are.

What is TAMS doing about removing colonies of bats?  

I would be grateful for any information.

[Photo by shellac CC BY 2.0]

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maxblues 12:41 pm 24 Dec 13

I believe a government inquiry into the problem commenced this week, but they are concentrating on pink ones.

Ben_Dover 10:57 am 22 Dec 13

kakosi said :

I often wonder how they got introduced to Canberra. Perhaps the same way as minor birds?

It’s their low key approach to getting in that bothers me.

kakosi 4:27 pm 21 Dec 13

Conan of Cooma said :

A few of you seem to have issues with young people of Indian ancestry.

Unless, of course, you are referring to the Common, or Indian, Myna.

Yes that’s right it was misspelt – well spotted. And well done on making an inane and somewhat racist inference in your comment. Well done you!

AsparagusSyndrome 4:17 pm 21 Dec 13

IrishPete said :

AsparagusSyndrome said :

astrojax said :

neanderthalsis said :

We currently have fruitbats, the neighbours, kurrawongs, rosellas, Indian minors, a smallish finch and a few other birds raiding our loquat tree. The only ones that get my goat are the Indian Minors.

tch, those pesky kids from the sub-continent, always after your caprinae stock…

Our goat was eaten by an Indian Myna too. A big black and yellow stripy one, with a loud roar.

Do Tigers roar? I thought they slithered silently. The one I encouraged out of a wood pile last week certainly didn’t roar at me.

IP

IrishPete said :

AsparagusSyndrome said :

astrojax said :

neanderthalsis said :

We currently have fruitbats, the neighbours, kurrawongs, rosellas, Indian minors, a smallish finch and a few other birds raiding our loquat tree. The only ones that get my goat are the Indian Minors.

tch, those pesky kids from the sub-continent, always after your caprinae stock…

Our goat was eaten by an Indian Myna too. A big black and yellow stripy one, with a loud roar.

Do Tigers roar? I thought they slithered silently. The one I encouraged out of a wood pile last week certainly didn’t roar at me.

IP

Slithering silently… hmmm… was it long and skinny with scales, a forked tongue darting in and out, and a pair of nasty looking poisonous fangs? Sounds like you’ve got yourself a LION there. Be careful IP.

IrishPete 10:05 am 21 Dec 13

AsparagusSyndrome said :

astrojax said :

neanderthalsis said :

We currently have fruitbats, the neighbours, kurrawongs, rosellas, Indian minors, a smallish finch and a few other birds raiding our loquat tree. The only ones that get my goat are the Indian Minors.

tch, those pesky kids from the sub-continent, always after your caprinae stock…

Our goat was eaten by an Indian Myna too. A big black and yellow stripy one, with a loud roar.

Do Tigers roar? I thought they slithered silently. The one I encouraged out of a wood pile last week certainly didn’t roar at me.

IP

wildturkeycanoe 8:42 am 21 Dec 13

Kayem said :

@Masquara – that’s not helpful. If I have a possum in my roof, I can get someone to remove it. If I have a snake in my backyard, I can get someone to remove it. If I have a spider infestation in my shed, I can just poison them because they are not charismatic megafauna. I was concerned about the health aspects of this situation, as others have noted and provided useful information. Try again.

I thought we just had confirmation recently on RA that snakes are allowed to be in your backyard and nobody was allowed to do anything about them. Why not these bats too then?
If TAMS can’t control the Indian Mynas, why would they bother with a few bats?
If our backyard is infested with mosquitoes, why couldn’t I call TAMS to remove them as well, for they are potentially more dangerous than bats, with some of the deadly diseases the little suckers carry. What about European wasps too, or bees? Let them be and don’t pester our hard working public servants with trivial matters, especially now whilst they are busy looking for cigarette smokers lighting up our grass verges with their butts…..

maxblues 7:05 am 21 Dec 13

Conan of Cooma said :

A few of you seem to have issues with young people of Indian ancestry.

Unless, of course, you are referring to the Common, or Indian, Myna.

Some young Indians are bat experts. Sachin Tendulkar was handy from his junior years.

AsparagusSyndrome 1:35 am 21 Dec 13

johnboy said :

Given a choice most people would rather a colony of fruit bats across the road than Mooseheads.

I wouldn’t want to live across the road from Mooseheads. Mainly because that would mean living in a car park. I hate that.

AsparagusSyndrome 1:34 am 21 Dec 13

astrojax said :

neanderthalsis said :

We currently have fruitbats, the neighbours, kurrawongs, rosellas, Indian minors, a smallish finch and a few other birds raiding our loquat tree. The only ones that get my goat are the Indian Minors.

tch, those pesky kids from the sub-continent, always after your caprinae stock…

Our goat was eaten by an Indian Myna too. A big black and yellow stripy one, with a loud roar.

Benaresq 11:11 pm 20 Dec 13

I used to live in Chifley and we had a fig tree in the back yard, we definitely had fruit bats in there five or six years ago. They used to have 3 AM arguments with the possums which was always amusing…

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