With Australia engulfed in flames, millions of animals have died in the fires and many more are struggling to stay alive.
Ecologists at the University of Sydney have recently estimated that in the last three months, some 480 million animals have died.
Rescue efforts have also put heavy pressure on local charities and a zoo. Bindi Irwin, Steve Irwin’s daughter, revealed that she and the Australian zoo team are treating a record number of animals.
The 21-year-old girl wrote on Instagram Instagram:
“With so many devastating fires within Australia, my heart breaks for the people and wildlife who 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 honour her by being Wildlife Warriors and saving as many lives as we can.”
This post follows the trail of a harrowing video showing dozens of kangaroos fleeing to save their lives in the face of forest fires.
Kangaroos are watching in the grasslands near Bredbo village in New South Wales, desperately searching for a safe passage to escape the flames.
Mitchell Lyons, the person responsible for filming the heartbreaking moment, commented, “See, they don’t know where to escape from cars, but they certainly know where to escape from the fire.”
While wildlife rescue services have been able to help save some of the kangaroos and treat them as foot burns, there are many wildlife experts who estimate that millions of animals have been killed by the fires raging in Australia.
Many species were affected, such as kangaroos, koalas, and skunks. Koalas are believed to be the most affected, and it is estimated that 30% of only one koala colony on the northeast coast of the country perished.
In addition to the dangers of fires, hell has also caused dangerous levels of smoke to be blown into the air – affecting even people hundreds of miles away!
Source: The Animal Rescue Site