Friday 10 January 2020
Hang in there buddy, fingers crossed, help is on its way. Photo: Pixabay

Australia’s devastating bushfires continues to wreak havoc. Almost 2000 homes have been destroyed and a billion animals are believed to be dead or injured. In a bid to save the country’s wildlife, locals are going the extra mile (literally) to rescue koalas, kangaroos and the rest of the affected animals.

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Here’s a collection of the most endearing rescue stories from Australia’s bushfires:

The legacy of Steve Irwin lives on as his family came to the aid of 90 000 animals. Bindi Irwin, daughter of the late host of Crocodile Hunter, announced their Wildlife Hospital have treated these ‘patients’, including an orphan platypus named Ollie.

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Our @AustraliaZoo Wildlife Hospital takes in animals from all over Australia. Hundreds of grey-headed flying foxes, a species listed as vulnerable, have been flown to Queensland after the rescue centre they were recovering in was at risk from fire and evacuated. Some of the orphans are now being cared for by the team at the hospital until they’re big enough to go home, and there’s no threat of fire. 🦇 In September, flying fox admissions to the hospital skyrocketed by over 750% due to drought conditions and lack of food. Flying foxes are now being drastically affected by wildfires and we’re again seeing an influx of these beautiful animals from across the country. This week, we treated our 90,000th patient. To cope with so many animals being admitted to the hospital, in 2019 we opened a sea turtle rehabilitation centre, sea snake ward and are about to complete a new bird recovery area, but it’s still not enough to keep up. We need to build a new ward for our patients. Wildlife Warriors from around the world are asking how they can help us save native wildlife, you can donate on our website www.wildlifewarriors.org , or support our fundraiser to start construction of our newest ward by visiting the link in my bio! 💚

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Next, two teenagers drove around Kangaroo Island to rescue koalas. The short video shows a car filled with the furry creatures. Around half of the area has been destroyed by fires, where almost half of the island’s 50 000-strong population of koalas have died. However, these lads made sure it didn’t spell the end for at least 20 of them.

 

Firefighters were also in the thick of the action, preventing Australia from burning down, saving lives and offering a bottle of water to a thirsty koala in Cudlee Creek, South Australia. Talk about heroes walking among us.

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The horrendous fires also caused plenty of burned paws. Thankfully, Billy was rescued earlier this week and is now having daily dressing changes and treatments at the vet.

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A tiny feathertail glider was also rescued on the coast of New South Wales. Found throughout eastern Australia, a fully grown feathertail glider weighs up to 15 grams and this lady comes in at 13 grams.

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However, help isn’t just coming from Australians. People from all over the world are lending a hand to this cause. The Australia-based Animal Rescue Craft Guild put out a call for volunteers to unite and knit, crochet and sew shelters for animals affected by the crisis.

This possum looks so comfy in here. Photo: Animal Rescue Craft Guild

 

This is a vital step for young marsupials including possums, koalas and wombats to grow, as without their mothers, they would need to rely on hand-stitched products from donors. According to The Guardian, the call has amassed more than 160,000 members, attracting donors across Europe, Asia, and North America.

However, the fight to save animals and people affected by Australia’s bushfires are far from over. Therefore, for anyone looking to donate and save lives, check out our recent post below.