Batman Likes Bagpipes
January 26 | 2 Comments
Even if you don’t know the dead chipmunk, your eyes will well up with tears, and soon enough a river of salty discharge will be running down your snout. You can’t stop it, so don’t even try.
An orchardist from the land down under knows this and is using this strategy to turn away bats from his fruit orchard. The Herald Sun has the story.
A QUEENSLAND orchardist says he is so under siege from fruit bats that he has even tried playing bagpipes to scare them away from his crop.
But Bob Johnson said even the drone of his pipes has done little to keep the bats away from his orchard near Stanthorpe on the Granite Belt.
He has managed to harvest only 1757kg of fruit instead of the average 16,478kg, The Courier-Mail reports.
“Our income has literally been eaten by a veritable plague of bats,” said Mr Johnson, who runs the small orchard with his wife Sue.
The Johnsons are angry, arguing that the State Government is bending over backwards to appease environmentalists whose supporters last year successfully lobbied to stop orchardists from shooting bats.
“Even the most brainless greenie would have to say it is not unreasonable to cull flying foxes that carry diseases that can kill humans,” Mr Katter said.
“We have incurred a growing debt this season, paying to grow beautiful stonefruit, which is our livelihood.
Stonefruit? That must be a bitch to chew.