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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.