Currently the fire is kept under control in Australia, but no one knows for sure when it will end as now is middle of summer. These fires came with human casualties, at the moment counting 27 dead people, millions of dead animals, and 1, 200 homes burnt down. Thousands of hectares had been swept away and completely destroyed that have been a natural habitat of many animals.
The greatest toll from these fires took the animals as according to the latest estimation about half a billion of mammals, reptiles, and birds died in the raging fires.
The extreme spread of the bushfire is believed to be a result of extreme heat, prolonged drought, and strong winds. The firemen and a large number of volunteers are doing their best to help in the fight against the fires. But, since the fries are going for months, people are being exhausted and any help is welcomed.
People are volunteering without hesitation in preserving the animals, giving them water and taking the hurt ones to the shelters. Among those volunteers is also Bindi Irwin, the daughter of late Steve Irwin, a prominent environmentalist and conservationist, popularly known as the “Crocodile Hunter”. Bindi is now 21 years old helping relentlessly in the preservation of the wildlife during the raging fires.
Bindi has become a “wildlife warrior” protecting the Australia Zoo together with the rest of the staff. She has posted a photo of the Australia Zoo on Instagram and a photo of herself standing in front of her late father Steve, alongside his late mother, Lyn. Bindi wrote:
“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 the death of Steve, his wife Terry is in charge of the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. These days the hospital is being overwhelmed by patients from the wildlife and each staff member is doing its best to treat all those wounded and burnt animals.
In Bindi’s Instagram there was an alarming footage of dozens of kangaroos running from the bush fires, desperately seeking for a safe place. The post was shared online by Mitchell Lyons, and millions of people saw the desperate fight for survival of the wild animals.
There is still no exact number of how many animals have died during the raging bushfires, the general knowledge is that millions have lost their lives and that caused a great reduction in populations of various species. The most tragic thing about this is all of them are endemic species like koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, echidnas, possums, and so on. Not to mention the fact how many plants have been destroyed in the fires and no one knows how long it will take to replant the whole areas.