On their Facebook page, the charity explained how Wires volunteers helped:
The efforts of our volunteers yesterday were both heroic and heartbreaking. In extremely trying conditions they worked tirelessly to provide subcutaneous fluids to the pups that could be reached & many lives were saved but sadly many were lost too.
Hundreds of mainly young flying-foxes were lost to the heat yesterday & the final count could run to thousands.
A spokesperson told indy100:
Around 400 flying foxes are dead due to 45 degrees heat wave in Campbelltown nsw.
Wires volunteers were on the scene trying to treat as many flying foxes. It was a heartbreaking day for the Wires volunteers.
Sadly, help came too late for some of the bats.
Campbelltown colony manager Kate Ryan explained:
They basically boil. It affects their brain – their brain just fries and they become incoherent.
It would be like standing in the middle of a sandpit with no shade.