Everybody is talking about the bushfires sweeping across the country of Australia. Not only have they killed a number of people, but there are also hundreds of thousands of animals that are thought to have been killed in the fires as well.
Many of the animals that were not killed have been displaced by the fires. Some of the animals are now living in homes across the country and others have been transported to Queensland to be cared for.
The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital Team is also hard at work to help animals that have been injured. Although they are about 2000 km from the fire zone, they are feeling the impact of what the fires have caused.
Many animals are now being cared for in the purpose-built facility, including possums, birds, koalas, and platypus.
“We’re able to offer a safe haven for wildlife needing help,” Terri Irwin told Sunrise.
“We’re seeing all kinds of different injuries,” Robert Irwin continued.
“Obviously smoke inhalation and burns are happening frequently, but also animals are going into areas where they’re not supposed to be to escape the horrific conditions.”
“This means they’re getting hit by cars and are being attacked by domestic animals, so there’s a horrific knock on effect.”
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Many koalas are also being treated by the wildlife warriors. Unfortunately, it is thought that some 25,000 of those koalas have already lost their lives in the fires.
“Koala instinct is to go up, as safety is in the top of the tree,” Terri explained.
“Eucalyptus trees have so much oil that they ignite and actually explode in a fire.”
“That means being able to treat and help koalas is few and far between because they’re basically incinerated.”
“We’re just trying to do our best to help in any way we can, but it’s an absolutely horrific situation.”
“Being able to treat and help koalas is few and far between because they’re basically incinerated”
Terri Irwin chats about the devastating impact of Australia’s bushfires on our vulnerable koala population.
— Sunrise (@sunriseon7) January 5, 2020