Hollywood star bats for flying foxes
The bats are a pest and have been for more than 10 years now. There are probably a hundred thousand of them, Â hanging around inner city trees, where they make a huge mess and drive other species (like parrots) away. If you don’t know where the expression batshit crazy comes from, Â park your car underneath one of the trees where the flying foxes hang out, then you know. But its not only the bat-stink, its also that the bats spread disease like the Hendra virus, which is deadly for horses. Don’t tell me they been here before us, (like the crocs) because they haven’t. Because of our Greenies, Â we are not allowed to cull them; so they multiplied and terrorise the inner city. Like Moonbats, flying foxes are Â incredibly prolific. They are by no means an endangered species. Neither are our sharks. And don’t even mention the crocs, which are in every river now that they’ve Â been protected for more than 30 years. Glenn Close is most welcome to find herself another Fatal Attraction in her neck of the woods, we in Cairns need to get rid of this pest and we will:
A HOLLYWOOD heavyweight and a world-renowned scientist have thrown their support behind Cairns’ infamous bat colony.
American actress Glenn Close has visited the Cairns region several times, most notably while filming movies Paradise Road and South Pacific.
She has written a letter addressing her concerns about the planned relocation of the Cairns CBD flying foxes.
“It deeply distresses me to learn that the Cairns Regional Council, led by its Mayor Bob Manning, is planning to disperse and remove the vulnerable creatures from what can only be described as a unique and ideal location in the town centre,” she wrote in the two-page letter.
“I sincerely hope that you not only leave the colony where it is, but also maximise accessibility while providing education about flying foxes and their value in a delicate ecosystem.”
A letter has also been penned by Dame Jane Goodall, a British primatologist, ethologist and anthropologist renowned for her work with chimpanzees.
“Education by the State Government is extremely important,” she wrote.
“The Queensland State and Federal Government handing over power to the councils to act is not in the interest of conservation consideration of the species.”
The two letters have been presented to the Cairns Regional Council by environmental activist Noel Castley-Wright.
Mr Castley-Wright will also be approaching other notable Hollywood identities for support.
“Glenn Close is one of many we are aiming at getting, what’s wonderful about Glenn is that she’s been here so it’s credible,” he said.
“The people we are approaching have all been here and understand the eco-tourism side of things.
“Eco-tourism is a very special part of Cairns.
“We have something unique here.”
But the council maintains it is acting in accordance with State and Federal Government approval.
“Cairns Regional Council has resolved to manage and reduce the impacts of the CBD Flying Foxes colony and then work towards their eventual dispersal from the CBD,” a spokeswoman said.
“Council officers are working closely with experts from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, CSIRO and wildlife ecologists.”