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71 - Rescue Megabat and baby electric power lines - 20/10/2012

Grey Female and baby.
Mum got electrocuted from mouth to right arm.
Baby aOK and has taken fluids.
THANKS Energex.

Overhead high-voltage electrical transmission line power strikes happen very, very regularly in Qld AU.

I am grateful to have the electric company treat bats on a wire with urgency.
" Bats often land on power lines which usually causes no harm. However if the bat  reaches out with its wing and grasps another power line it is electrocuted. Often they die shortly thereafter from the electrocution but in some instances, they can manage to drop to the ground or fly away with burns to their feet and wings. If they are carrying young, the pup can survive even if the mother has been electrocuted. " - Wildcare. 

It is far more common that the bat is dead. HOWEVER, the baby is alive.
The electricity can run from one side straight to the heart and then out the other end bypassing the baby. The baby can get very hot. The other issue is, how long the baby has been there for and how much sun it has been exposed to.

I have never had a negative comment when on site from any electrical staff about bats. Even though you can sometimes tell that they don't like (understand) bats.

In trees high up the fire brigade helps me out in my area.

In AU we have two or more power lines running alongside in arms reach for a Megabat. The voltage of electricity conducted by distribution power lines may vary from 415 volts (V), which are low voltage, to 66 kV (66,000 volts), which are high voltage.

Originally, Brisbane considered to install underground electrical cables. This was too expensive.. So to date many animals have been killed just to save money. 
Also, enclosing the wire in insulated material, too expensive. Like it couldn't be done when making the wires. Consider the money made out of supplying electricity, maybe a percentage could be feedback to the production of wires with insulation. And a small fee on everyone's account to help supplement the cost of adding the insulation at manufacture.

(1967) " Less than 7 per cent of Australian homes are served by underground power.
In most States, underground power connection is compulsory in newly developing outer suburban subdivisions, but in general it can be said that there is little political will to do more.
It would cost up to $50 billion to put all of Australia's existing overhead power lines underground. But if this cost can be faced, the benefits, even in dollars and cents, are considerable. " - Underground Power Cables: Costs and Benefits

If you see an animal on power wire or barbed wire.. call it in. It could be still alive. Noting the power wire closest pole number helps the rescuer and electrical company to locate the animal quicker. 

Road hits... call it in. Checking pouches could just save a little one's life. 
Intentionally running over an already hit animal on the road.. could be killing a baby. 






















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