As floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey rose across Houston and parts of Texas, people formed human chains, carried pets above their heads and hopped into boats to save people they’d never met.
Despite many fake news videos of sharks roaming around the flooded landscape, and some alligators that may or may have not been from this flood, Texans know that there is a serious threat that is coming. These Texas heroes understand that bats eat mosquitoes and so by rescuing them, they can deal with a major virus-carrying threat. All creatures great and small are being saved from the devastating fallout of Hurricane Harvey. As well as helping more than 13,000 people to safety, rescuers across Texas have also plucked a plethora of animals out from the rising floodwaters.Tear-jerking viral videos and photographs show bats, birds, cows, dogs, horses and pigs all being hauled to firmer ground.
Here’s another great example of Houstonians taking matters into their own hands in order to make sure their fellow citizens are safe. The bridge, a popular tourist destination in the city, is known for the estimated 250,000 Mexican free-tailed bats that live underneath it.
“People gather every night at sunset, that’s when they all fly out,” Houston resident KirstiAnn Clifford told CBS News. “It’s kind of a landmark in Houston.”
“Because of the fact that Houston’s flooding so much, they’ll really need those bats afterwards. They already have a mosquito problem as it is with standing water,” Camara said. “Without the bats we’d have a lot more issues with diseases.”
“The water was rising and you could hear them make high-pitched noises,” Clifford said. “There was nowhere for them to go. Some of them were trying to swim away. It was actually pretty heartbreaking.”
Travis Street was walking across the bridge with his girlfriend when he saw about half a dozen people helping with the rescue.
“A lot of the bats were floating away dead or trying to swim,” Street told CBS News. “They would grab whatever they could.”
Eventually, more volunteers joined the effort, bringing gloves, nets and plastic containers to help transport the bats once they were brought to dry land.
“They have to be completely dry before they fly off,” Street said. “Obviously, they were soaking wet.”
Alicia Plunkett is saving bats from drowning in Houston, as water reaches the top of bridges pic.twitter.com/wHnrbN3Sy8
— Jason Allen (@CBS11JasonAllen) August 27, 2017
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