A wildlife centre is struggling to cope with an influx of 300 baby flying foxes who were ripped from the trees during heavy storms, forcing their mothers to abandon them.
Hanging in there: Carer Trish Wimberley looks at some of her 300 charges
Wildlife carers at a bat hospital in Queensland, Australia are struggling to find enough fruit to feed them and urgently need extra people who could help feed the creatures who need nourishment every four hours.
'We have so many baby bats on our hands that we've hardly got enough food to go around,' said carer Trish Wimberley.
The bat hospital, part of Wildcare Australia, has been inundated with around 300 grey-headed flying foxes, after Queensland's Gold Coast was pummelled by fierce winds and rain last week, forcing bat mothers to fly away for their own safety and leaving their young to fall to the ground.
Demanding: The creatures need to be bottle-fed every four hours
'Normally, female flying foxes will go to the ends of the earth to save their babies, so it goes to illustrate how bad the storms were,' said Miss Wimberley.
Residents from the Canungra area, where there are large bat populations, have been bringing in the youngsters daily after finding them on the ground.
Most are suffering from hypothermia and deydration. Many have been attacked by swarms of flies.
So many have been brought into the centre that Miss Wimberley and her colleagues have been hunting for human foster families and ensure they are fed baby formula and fruit - and kept warm.
Glad rags: Staff are using yellow dusters to keep the bats warm
So far about 50 bats have been farmed out to carers in Brisbane and Toowoomba to relieve pressure on the 60 Gold Coast carers and volunteer veterinarians who are working around the clock, feeding every four hours.
'We've found an ideal way of keeping them warm is to wrap them in yellow duster cloths,' said Miss Wimberley.
'They are very demanding. We have to ensure that they are fed every four hours, so anyone willing to take them in will have to be prepared for a lot of lost sleep.'
The bats range in ages from one to four weeks and are fed baby formula from tiny baby bottles.
Winging it: Struggling wildlife staff use yellow dusters and milk formula to care for influx of 300 abandoned baby bats | Mail Online