S’pore is Freezing but Over in Australia, Bats’ Brains Boiled Coz It’s Hot AF

Unless you’ve been hiding under a cave because your wife kicked you inside, you would have realised something: Singapore’s getting kind of… cold.

In fact, it’s getting to a point where I’m starting to confuse Singapore with Antartica.

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Wouldn’t be surprised if travellers turn up at our shores, asking for Mt. Everest too.

But anyways, this article’s not gonna explain why Singapore’s weather took such a cold front, because I have already done two other articles on it.

Rather, I’m here to preach an important saying.

Now, I’m sure you’re familiar with the phrase, “The grass is always greener on the other side.”

Well, guess what? I’m here to debunk that myth, because there’s no way the grass is greener in Australia. And I meant that figuratively.

Because honestly, I would rather face this cold spate of events in Singapore, than be baked alive in Australia.

Like these poor bats.

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Where’s Batman when we need him?

45 Degrees Celsius

All jokes aside, it has been getting pretty hot in Australia. Sweltering hot, actually. In fact, a shocking 45 degrees Celsius was recorded in Sydney’s western suburb of Campbelltown on Sunday (Jan 7).

As a result of the heatwave, hundreds, if not thousands, of bats fell from trees as the scorching temperatures reportedly “fried their brains”.

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“They basically boil,” Campbelltown flying fox colony manager Kate Ryan told the local Camden Advertiser.

“It affects their brain – their brain just fries and they become incoherent. It would be like standing in the middle of a sandpit with no shade.”

Incidentally, the flying fox, Australia’s largest bat, is marked as a “vulnerable” species nationally, with its survival reportedly ranked as a “critical priority” under local laws.

Could run into the thousands

According to New South Wales Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Services (WIRES), the loss of bats to the heat could actually hit the thousands.

Rescuers were valiant in their efforts, and managed to salvage the lives of more than a hundred of the animals.

A heat-stricken bat in Sydney. Image: AFP

But many “scattered across the ground perished and others died still clinging to trees”.

“In extremely trying conditions volunteers worked tirelessly to provide subcutaneous fluids to the pups that could be reached and many lives were saved but sadly many were lost too,” WIRES said on Facebook.

It was apparently Sydney’s hottest day since 1939, when the suburb of Penrith reached 47.3 degrees Celsius.

Count your blessings

So don’t go telling me that the grass is always greener on the other side, alright?

It’s not.

Nevertheless, we hope that Australia never experiences such a day again, because 45 degrees Celsius, in layman Singaporean terms, is just…

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