As bushfires continue to ravage Australia’s east coast of New South Wales, burning hundreds of houses and destroying hectares of land, animals in the forests are the worst affected. In a heart-wrenching video, a man is seen offering water to an injured Koala.
Bellangry State Forest (SF) Kate on the day she was found in burnt out country by Darrel. He may have got the sex wrong, but he did the right thing by gently capturing her using a big blanket and bringing her to us. Bellangry SF Kate has burns to hands, feet, face and full singeing of her body. She arrived very dehydrated and is now in the 5 star service burns ward at the Koala Hospital.
Posted by Koala Hospital Port Macquarie on Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Koalas, native to the island continent, have faced the brunt of the blaze over the past week as many have succumbed to injuries, either due to burns or smoke inhalation, reported Indian Express.
In the video captured in the Bellangry State Forrest, a man came across the injured koala and stopped to give her water. According to SBS News, the exhausted native marsupial can be seen resting on the ground surrounded by burnt-out bushland before the man, known as Darrel, offers the animal a cup of water.
“There you go, you’re so badly singed, aren’t you?” Darrel can be heard saying in the video. He then bundled up the koala in a blanket and transported it to the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie. Despite being given water, the koala was still very dehydrated when she arrived at the hospital. The Koala, now named Kate, suffered burns to her hands, feet, and face – with singeing to the body.
Sadly, the situation is not the same for hundreds of other koalas in the area. “We think most of the animals were incinerated – it’s like a cremation,” Koala Conservation Australia president Sue Ashton told the New York Post. “They have been burnt to ashes in the trees.” Authorities estimate there are as many as 350 dead koalas in the area.
This is L.I.N.R. Peter ( Lake Innes Nature Reserve) who has come from the Crestwood/Lake Innes fireground. He has burns…
People are all around the globe are urging others to spread awareness to help save the Koalas.
AUSTRALIA IS ON FIRE. They have lost over 1 million hectares (Amazon lost 125,000). Koalas are being extinguished!!!
Why is this not trending worldwide??? Why does it seem like NOBODY CARES????
— LittleNonnie (@sarcasmNbooks) November 15, 2019
— Hans Solo (@thandojo) November 14, 2019
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Australia is up in flames
These fires have destroyed over 1million hectares and counting
People are dead and missing
Homes are burned
Over 350 koalas are dead
And nobody in the world Is talking about it
Where's the world wide news the amazon fires and la fires get #NSWfires pic.twitter.com/zbVMkAJa56
— Hayley ᵇˡᵐ 🖤💛❤️🌻 (@HappyNowKTM) November 15, 2019
We NEED to bring more awareness to the crisis happening in Australia. As we speak over 1 MILLION hectares of land has been destroyed and over 350 koalas have been burnt to death🥺🐨 over 150 fires from QLD to NSW and it will only get worse. Please share #prayforaustralia 🇦🇺💔 pic.twitter.com/UGcO8qMwzC
— Sharlene Wolfe☀️ (@wolfe_sharlene) November 14, 2019
❗SAVE OUR KOALAS❗
Sometimes we tend to forget that 1000s of animals are captured between the unmerciful fires.
Let's donate and help our Koalas get treated and hopefully go back home soon 🙏💜#NSWfires #AUSTRALIAFIRES #SaveOurKoalashttps://t.co/axxb79G7C9 pic.twitter.com/5r867s3DT9
— BTS AUSTRALIA⁷ (MAIN) (@BTSTRAYA) November 13, 2019
Just under 1 month ago, my real home #Lebanon was burning. Now, the country where I live #Australia is burning. Please pray. These fires are out of control, burning more land than in the last 3 years combined. So many people evacuated and so many koalas dying 😔#AUSTRALIAFIRES pic.twitter.com/15VUAxBeX9
— Khaled Zohbie (@KZohbie) November 12, 2019
fellow armys please spread the word. koalas are being burned alive, people are dying, and homes are burning. Australia is also suffering from a drought. we should try to do something about it. we can make a difference; we can make a change. #AUSTRALIAFIRES #fires pic.twitter.com/A8RTORkVrh
— kookie with luv❤️ (@jkjeon__0901) November 11, 2019
#ARMY Some of you may not know but the Australia is burning right now. 1 million hectares, homes to koalas, kangaroos and people have been lost to the fires. This is the worst fire we've had. PLEASE HELP US. We dont even have int media coverage that it deserves. Pls were desperat pic.twitter.com/6Eq7jJ6qel
— p | STAY GOLD⁷ (@hskblueside) November 13, 2019
We pray the fire soon stops and all the Koalas are saved from this tragedy.