The ongoing fires raging in Australia have left us speechless and terrified how helpless we can be when nature takes its toll. During these fires the whole continent was affected by the fire damage and the accompanying disastrous effects.
Millions of animals have lost their lives in the bushfires and millions of them got injured with heavy burns. It has been estimated that up to now almost half a billion mammals, koalas, birds, and reptiles have died due to the fires.
The fires are not stopping since September and there is still no idea how long they will last as currently in Australia is the middle of summer.
We have seen so many heartbreaking images and videos of injured animals caused by the bushfires that have broken the hearts of millions of people all around the world. One image still remains in the memory of many people when a burnt and dehydrated kangaroo seeks help from a young boy. This happened in the state of New South Wales where the boy doused the kangaroo in water and gave it a bowl of water to drink.
The bushfires destroyed a plenty of ecosystems and parts of the Gondwana rainforests and the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. The worst thing was when the fires reached the rainforests, wetlands, and dry eucalyptus forests, leaving the animals without safe place to hide.
According to experts this disastrous fire might forever disrupt the balance in flora and fauna, and that would be irreversible loss since 87% of the wildlife in Australia is endemic.
Dr. Kellie Leigh, the executive director of Science for Wildlife released the following statement:
“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.”
In addition to this, Mike Letnic, a professor of conservation biology at the University of Sydney, maintains:
“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.”
The horrible effects of the bushfires were compared to the effects of nuclear warfare. During the fires, up to now, 19 people lost their lives, 1,400 homes were burned along with 5,000,000 hectares of land.
The quality of air went so low due to the smoke, and the sky during time came near to darkness in many parts of Australia.
The New South Wales Transport Minister stated:
“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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