While the Northern Hemisphere is experiencing a polar vortex, an extreme heat wave is hitting Australia with temperatures soaring to a record high of 46 degrees C (116 degrees F). It’s been so hot in Australia that asphalt melted on the highway.
The heat wave has been wrecking havoc on the local fauna as 400 flying foxes have been found dead due to the soaring temperatures, according to conservation group Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown.
“They can’t cool their body down at that point. In a way, they’re kind of boiling in their bodies.” said Scott Heinrich, director of the Flying Fox Conservation Fund.
Flying foxes are a large bat species and help maintain a healthy ecosystem by acting as pollinators. The Australian government lists two of the six species as vulnerable while one is critically endangered.