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Ravaging bushfires have been destroying Australia and its wildlife for the last few months and many heartbreaking photographs have captured the catastrophic results it has had.
Photographs of a terribly burned kangeroo who sought help from a teenage boy were taken in New South Wales. The boy poured water over de kangeroo and gave it a bowl to drink out of.
This little kangeroo got off lucky considering many other animals who weren’t saved.
Ecologists from the University of Sydney claimed earlier this week that an estimation of 480 million mammals, birds and reptiles have died since September as a result of the fires.
Dr. Kellie Leigh, executive director of Science for Wildlife, said: “We’re getting a lot of lessons out of this and it’s just showing how unprepared we are. There’s no procedures or protocols in place – even wildlife carers don’t have protocols for when they can go in after fire.”
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Australia is home to many different indigenous faunae including kangaroos, koalas, possums, wallabies, wombats, and echidnas. All of these species are affected immensely by the fires but the koalas are estimated to be hit the hardest with an estimated 30 percent of just one koala colony thought to be lost on the country’s northeast coast.
Mike Letnic, professor of conservation biology at the University of Sydney, said: “With the climate being so dry at the moment, and the intensity of these fires, wet gully areas and so on that normally escape the worst of it have been burnt. Animals that typically survive in these patches that don’t burn can recolonize from these refuges, but there may be too few pathways to allow for effective recolonization. It will depend on how many refugees are left.”
Two people were killed on Saturday after a fire took over their vehicle, according to authorities. This adds up to a total of 23 human lives that were lost because of the bushfires. Another six people are missing in New South Wales and Victoria.
Across the country, hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated while 15000 homes have already been demolished.
The impact of the fires was even compared to that of an atomic bomb by Andrew Constance, New South Wales Transport Minister. He said: “I’ve got to be honest with you, this isn’t a bushfire, it’s an atomic bomb. It’s indescribable the hell it’s caused and the devastation it’s caused.”
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