Australia is facing her biggest fire crisis at the moment fighting the raging bushfires since September. Thousands of hectares of land have been destroyed which means a wide range of plants and along with them half a million animals died. The human casualty is low considering the 2009 fires, but the environment and the animal world were devastated.
Many of the animals have been burnt and badly injured like the baby koala that has been found on8thSeptember, in New South Wales.
The koala, that rescuers named it as Keli, was weighing less than 10 pounds; most of her fur was destroyed and when found was lying abandoned on the ground. Fortunately, he was spotted on time and brought to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital where recovering. He needs to stay in the hospital for a few months before being returned back into the wild. The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital has managed to save a lot of koalas during the crisis.
The hospital released pictures of Keli on Facebook with the following writing:
“Just a brighter moment – in all the tragedy in Australia at the moment we wanted to share something good.
Look at Keli today, a whopping 1 kg in weight, the fungal infection has gone and all his fur is regrowing. It’s still early days yet, we will get very excited when he makes 2.5kg.
And it’s time for him to come into the ‘dehumanizing trees‘in preparation for release back to the wild.
Release will not happen until the cooler months, and thankfully there is still some good habitat left in selected locations.”
Just a brighter moment in all the tragedy in Australia at the moment we wanted to share something good. Meet Koala…
Posted by Koala Hospital Port Macquarie on Thursday, January 2, 2020
This post went immediately viral, shared by over 8,000 times earning so many likes. People just felt happy for this little poor animal that he managed to survive thanks to the efforts of many volunteers.
The disastrous effects of this raging fire are catastrophic, according to ecologists from the University of Sydney, nearly8000 koalas, 480 million mammals, birds, and reptiles have been lost in the fires.
The natural habitat of koalas has been massively destroyed and 30% of it is gone as per the statement of Environment Minister Sussan Ley. This is only an approximate evaluation and the real percentage will be offered when the fries will be over.
“I get mail from all around the world from people absolutely moved and amazed by our wildlife volunteer response and also by the habits of these curious creatures.”
The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital released a GoFundMe page titled Help Thirsty Koalas Devastated by Recent Fires, and tanks to this page they have collected about USD 1.6 million (AUD 2.3 million). This raise has a set a record in receiving funds for an Australian entity.