The 2010 tick season was very unusual because
there were very few bats getting tick paralysis, and consequently not very many orphans coming into care either. The La Nina weather conditions contributed to Austrralia's wettest Spring on record, making it difficult for the ticks to be out questing for flying mammals.
The ticks were also producing a particularly toxic neurotoxin and animals were often admitted in good condition, only to deteriorate rapidly and die or be euthanased. This seemed to be a problem also for veterinarains treating cats and dogs in many places down the east coast. About a third of all adults admitted with tick paralysis seemed to be affected by this more stringer neurotoxin.
We had about 100 orphans come into care, where normally we get 250-500. Two of the orphans had tick paralysis, both with the ticks on their wing membrane. We've observed over the yeras that when ticks attach to the wing rather than the body of a bat the survival rate is better.
The main October/November team, left to right: Ashleigh, Pamela, Amy, Abie, Kate, Jenny, Clare.