The Irwin Family Has Saved More Than 90,000 Animals Injured In Australia Wildfires

The Irwin Family Has Saved More Than 90,000 Animals Injured In Australia Wildfires

The Irwin Family Has Saved More Than 90,000 Animals Injured In Australia Wildfires


With Australia engulfed in flames, there are millions of animals who’ve died in the fires, and there were many more who are fighting to stay alive.

Ecologists from the University of Sydney have recently estimated that in the past three months, around 480 million animals have perished.

Rescue efforts have also been putting a major strain on local charities and zoo.

Bindi Irwin, Steve’s daughter, and the rest of the Irwin family have rescued and treated over 90,000 animals, many of which were injured in Australia’s recent devastating wildfires.

 

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The 21-year-old wrote on Instagram, “With so many devastating fires within Australia, my heart breaks for the people and wildlife who have lost so much. I wanted to let you know that we are SAFE. There are no fires near us @AustraliaZoo or our conservation properties. Our Wildlife Hospital is busier than ever though, having officially treated over 90,000 patients. My parents dedicated our Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital to my beautiful grandmother. We will continue to honor her by being Wildlife Warriors and saving as many lives as we can.”

After this post, a distressing video that shows dozens of kangaroos fleeing for their lives in the face of the bush fires was post.

The kangaroos are seeing on the grasslands near the New South Wales village of Bredbo, desperately searching for a safe passage to escape the flames.

Mitchell Lyons, the person responsible for filming the heartbreaking moment, commented, “Look, they don’t know which way to run from cars, but they sure know which way to run from the fire.”

According to Lyons, the closest bush fire was roughly six miles away from the land where the kangaroos were hopping over, so he believes that they were coming out “to stop for a drink.”{

While wildlife rescue services have managed to help save some of the kangaroos and treat them for burns on their feet pads, there are many wildlife experts who have estimated that millions of animals have been killed by the bushfires ravaging Australia.

 

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There are many species who have been affected, such as kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, possums, wombats, and echidnas. But the koalas are believed to be the ones most affected, with an estimated 30% of just one koala colony on the country’s northeast coast thought to have perished.

Besides the dangers posed by the fires themselves, the inferno has also caused hazardous levels of smoke to be released into the air – even affecting people hundreds of miles away!

The reading from Monash was much, much higher than other cities around the world with poor air quality like Delhi and Kolkata – who only register in the 400s. In other places in the Australian Capital Territory, Civic registered 3,436 and Florey was at 3,508.


H/T: edition.cnn.com