Kicker – A bat tornado


NICK EICHER, HOST: A tornado recently struck the town of Ingham, near the coast of north-eastern Australia. In fact, it’s still there! 

Now this is not the kind of tornado that topples trees and lasts about 10 minutes, but Ingham residents are still calling it a natural disaster. 

It is a tornado of batsyou know, the flying mammals.

Someone posted a video to social media showing swarms of thousands of fruit bats.

AUDIO: Welcome to Ingham, bat city. Look at these bats.

Ramon Jayo is a local politician. He told the BBC the situation is near a crisis point.

JAYO: Our community is fed up with it. The stench is just horrific. When you’re under the bats, you have little spiders and mites and, you know, people should not have to put up with that.

And Jayo said the local government is taking action. They plan to use non-lethal tactics like loud sounds and water hoses to drive the bats away before the entire town is driven batty!

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(Photo/Sky News)

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