The orphaned baby fruit bats are being raised at a rescue centre after a plague of poisonous ticks swept through their colony.
Normally adults carry their baby on their back but as those which have been infected slowly die, the youngsters, with no mother to feed them, also perish.
"We walk around the bat colony in the Bush every day and you can hear the young bats crying for their mothers," said Jenny Maclean, who runs the rescue centre on the Atherton Tablelands in northern Queensland.
Huh. I can't seem to get back to the left margin. The excerpts above are pretty much the whole story, but the important thing is the pictures! Check out the little feller in the middle: he's all 'I got my blankie and my binky...things are looking up.' And that lady looks pretty darn happy.
Hmmm, what is it like to be a baby bat?