Australia is experiencing the worst bushfire crisis, and although the fires are kept under control, there is still no clue what the real damage would be and how long it will last since in this continent it is the middle of summer. Australian citizens have experienced fires in the past and had many human casualties, but this one is marked with millions of dead animals. People are doing their best to save the animals as most of them are endemic like the koala.
Many locals are helping in the rescuing of the animals in the devastated areas. A perfect example of that attempt is the one of the two cousins on Kangaroo Island who were driving around the area and rescuing as many koalas as they can by putting them in their car. Their whole car was full with koalas, and one of the cousins posted its interior on Reddit with the caption:
“Amid the terrible bushfires in Australia, my cousins went out and saved as many koalas as they could. Good on ’em.”
The images went instantly viral and these two men were widely praised for their benevolent act. Moreover, these two cousins were young people, Micah, 19, and Caleb, 18, who managed to rescue about 20 koalas, including six orphaned joeys and two mothers bearing children.
Kangaroo Island is a wildlife refuge in the southern coast of the country and it is an equivalent to the Galapagos Islands due to its richness in biodiversity. Unfortunately, half of it has been massively destroyed in the fires.
In the bushfires were plenty of animals and the teenagers had the toughest job to chose the ones that need to be saved. They opt for the most vulnerable with the least chances of survival. The criterion was that those koalas that didn’t have burns and were active, mature and responded quickly could fend for themselves. So, the ones who had burns and had no chance to survive were taken from the wild and brought to animal care centers. They hope that the koalas they have saved will be returned very soon to the wild.
During their rescuing process they have stated that almost 60% of the koalas they have found had been burnt to death.
One of the cousins filmed their rescue and you can hear him in the background saying the following:
“This is our little koala rescue. Just trying to collect as many live ones as we can.”
Sadly, a fifth of their rescued koalas have succumbed to the injuries even in the first day.
The fires are still going on and have spread more on the Kangaroo Island. Wildlife experts and conservationists believe that about 25,000 koalas have additionally burnt to death, and this could have devastating consequences for the survival of the species.
Yet, every effort counts like the ones of these young teens.