Wrapped in blankets and hand-fed, these winged orphans need round-the-clock care if they are to be saved from extinction.

 The babies are nursed back to health at the homes of volunteers, before being transported to the Kukundi shelter at Lane Cove National Park in north Sydney, where they are taught to fend for themselves and are then released back into the wild, reports ABC.

The peak period for the park is mating season in October, when vulnerable newborns are separated from their mothers who fail to return from foraging for food.

Deforestation, electrocution from high-voltage power lines and extreme weather is decimating their numbers, with some species of fruit bats like the Christmas Island Flying Fox- which have a population of between 800 and 1340-now listed as critically endangered.

'They often get caught on power lines so they get electrocuted, and this does terrible things to their wings so they can't fly,' said Tierre Thorpe from wildlife carer organisation Sydney Wildlife.

Being expertly cared for, these orphaned babies need to be kept warm and meticulously looked after in order to be released back into the wild once they’re big and strong enough.

Is there anything more adorable than a tiny baby wrapped snugly in their cozy blankie with a pacifier sitting sweetly in their little mouths?


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