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Residents in Australia say they are frightened for their lives after a swarm of bats took over their small town.
The number of fruit bats in Ingham, North Queensland, has mushroomed over the past few weeks and months, with more than 300,000 living in the trees there.
Terrifying footage has now been released showing a black shroud of the critters swooping through the night sky.
According to reports, many of the children at the nearby Ingham State School are too petrified to return to their school as a group of fruit bats have now settled in there too.
Parents Adam and Susanne Kaurila have said they are even thinking of taking their kids out of the school as a result.
Speaking to A Current Affair, Ms Kaurila said action needs to be taken.
She said: "They're not stepping a foot in that ground until something is being done."
The Queensland Education Department has now said they will trim the trees around the school, as well as putting up new fences to help get a grip of the situation.
Discussing the bizarre situation, Hinchinbrook Shire Council mayor Ramon Jayo said they are about to real 'crisis point'.
He said: "Where they want to go is basically beside all our critical areas - that includes the schools, the hospital, our kindergartens, our preschools."