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Wildlife volunteers in Sydney released a pair of grey-headed flying foxes in a city park Wednesday.

The megabat, which has been classified as vulnerable to extinction by local authorities, was among several species that suffered in the extreme heatwave that hit parts of Australia last month.

And the weather is not the creatures' only problem. Each year thousands of birds, bats, and reptiles become entangled in anti-bird netting thrown over fruit trees, The Associated Press reports.

A grey-headed flying fox is released in Centennial Park in Sydney on Wednesday.Rob Griffith / AP