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An estimated 100,000 bats have died as a result of a record heatwave in Queensland, Australia, reports ABC News. About 25 bat colonies were affected across the state, the second largest and third most populous in Australia. VIDEO: The Amazing Link Between Bats and Dolphins While North America has experienced record cold, Australia is in the middle of its summer. "The heatwave was basically a catastrophe for all the bat colonies in south-east Queensland," said Michael Beatty, a spokesman for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. NEWS: Mysterious Bat Killer Still Marching Across U.S. "That's obviously going to have a pretty disturbing impact on those colonies and...

The ladies participating in the Australian Women's Open have more to worry about than water hazards. According to The Telegraph U.K., the golf tournament has been interrupted by a group of kangaroos. This isn't the first time the animals have taken a bounce across the green. Golfers have become used to taking pauses so the marsupials can munch on the grass and hop across the fairways. The weather in Australia has been especially dry this year, causing animals to seek refuge and refreshment on the lush grounds of golf courses. We all know kangaroos can box, maybe someone should hand one a 9-iron and see if they can swing, too....

It may sound like a science fiction movie invention, but many on Facebook are finding that Crocosaurus is real. A picture of a man face to snout with one of these giant reptiles is making its way around the social network. There is no Photoshop magic involved in this stunning snap. The picture depicts a man taking a caged dive at Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin, Australia. The attraction is home to over 200 crocs, including some of the largest saltwater crocodiles in the world. Underwater viewing opportunities and cage dives have made Crocosaurus Cove a popular place. The facility now offers feeding experiences with their signature Cage of Death dives. This new feature allows participants...

A kangaroo somehow found itself hopping around a Melbourne, Australia, parking garage - much to the amusement of onlookers, according to the U.K.'s The Guardian. The display isn't likely to dispel any Australian stereotypes (kangaroos everywhere!) for tourists who caught a glimpse of the roo. But, as one native onlooker said, "It's lovely that at a place where so many tourists land, one of our national symbols can just be hopping around." The roo did some damage to its feet with its frantic attempt to escape the garage, but it was subdued by authorities and is receiving veterinary attention before being released back into the wild....

A species of echidna thought to have been wiped from the face of Australia tens of thousands of years ago may still exist on the continent after all, according to LiveScience. What has led to this conclusion? An important specimen that's been sitting ignored in a museum drawer for more than 100 years. Kristofer Helgen, a zoologist at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., discovered the new-old evidence while visiting the Natural History Museum in London. There he found a well-preserved, well-documented...