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Trickery -  Grey-headed Flying Fox electrocuted during its nocturnal food-seeking wanderings.   //  Grey-headed Flying Fox: Pteropodidae: Pteropus poliocephalus. Length to 25cm; weight to 800g; wingspan to 100cm. By touching two separate power lines this individual caused electricity to flow through its body resulting in its death. Common in urban areas in eastern Australia where it is becoming a pest. Feeds on a variety of fruit - native and cultivated - and is an important pollinator in rainforests. Daytime roosting sites (camps) may contain tens of thousands of individuals, and droppings, noise and smell cause serious concern in suburban areas - also some individuals may carry a lyssavirus causing the fatal Hendra Disease in horses. Also known as Equine Morbillivirus Pneumonia, Acute Equine Respiratory Syndrome, this disease has emerged comparatively recently and has caused seven deaths in humans, particularly veterinarians and wildlife carers handling flying-foxes (=fruit-bats). Brisbane, Australia.  IUCN Status: Least Concern.   /  Australian Bat Lyssavirus (ABLV) -  Rhabdoviridae:  This family includes the Rabies virus, carried mostly by bats. Lyssavirus is known from both insectivorous bats (Microchiroptera) and fruit-bats (Megachiroptera), including P. alecto. ABLV incubation period recorded from less than 90 days to 27 months, usually followed by death with rabies-like symptoms. A vaccine is available. //. Manipulated in Photoshop.  //