Bats have been the overlords of this small Australian town for months. Now they’re about to get shooed away.

Approximately 100,000 flying fox bats, who have made the New South Wales holiday town of Bateman’s Bay their home, are about to get their marching orders. It follows an announcement of A$2.5 million in funding to relocate the bats on Monday.

It’s welcome news for residents, who have felt trapped in their homes like “prisoners” due to the animal plague. Since March, the council has noted a significant increase in complaints from the residents. Read more…

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Australian town taken over by 100,000 bats, residents feel like prisoners