Rockhampton Regional Council is using whacky wavy inflatable tube people to protect their botanical gardens. Roosting black bats and flying foxes are causing significant damage to the ancient plant life, with some trees being 150 years old. The council is using these wavy tube people to scare the animals away, as well as using strobe lights, playing loud noises on speakers and even banging pool noodles together.
However, conservationists are concerned with the harm this is causing the animals, particularly the flying foxes, which are a threatened species. They’re asking that they’re either left in the gardens to be studied by researchers, or to have resources put into properly relocating them.
What do you think should be done? On the one hand, it’s important to protect the animals but on the other, it’s crucial to protect this ancient plant life. Give us your thoughts in the comments!