An Australian coastal town is nearing a state of emergency, but the cause isn’t an earthquake or flooding. Instead, it’s a natural disaster of another kind – 100,000 bats have embarked on the community, drastically outnumbering its human residents. The bats arrived in Batemans Bay, located to the south of Sydney, with a bang – or, rather, with an odor and a terrible screeching noise that’s driving the town’s 11,000 residents insane.

“I can’t open the windows, I can’t use the clotheslines… I can’t study because the noise just goes constantly. I can’t concentrate. It’s not fun. The bats came and they are just out of control. We just can’t do anything because of them,” local resident Danielle Smith told Sky News Australia. READ MORE