Charlotte was orphaned during recent heavy rains in Brisbane, Australia

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March 04, 2015 07:40 PM

Everyone, meet Charlotte. Charlotte is a baby flying fox from Brisbane, Australia.

Recently, heavy rains in Brisbane have damaged the local flying fox population, with casualties including Charlotte’s parents. Fortunately, there are people like Denise Wade, a videographer who takes in orphans like Charlotte and cares for them until they’re strong enough to return to the wild.

Wade’s clearly going above and beyond for her charges: Look at the TLC Charlotte is receiving in this clip.

“Flying-foxes are born with no belly fur and this enables them to absorb radiant heat from their mother’s body as they are unable to regulate their own body temperature,” Wade notes on YouTube.

“As they mature, belly fur gradually sprouts and by the time babies are around five weeks of age, they are mostly able to regulate their own body temperature.”

Until then, though, it’s a life of massages and hand-feedings for Charlotte, who, in our estimation, has earned it.

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