The bushfires that struck the territory of Australia in September are still raging and the whole world is praying for the so much needed rain to finally come. Numerous homes have been destroyed and the number of animals who lost their lives is enormous.
It’s truly devastating to see species extinct right before the eyes of humanity and be helpless to act.
Many animals are given medical attention and vets are doing all in their power to save as many lives as possible.
An injured baby koala with destroyed fur was spotted in New South Wales on September 8. Luckily, the people who found it helplessly laying on the ground brought it to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital. The tiny creature only weighted less than 10 pounds when it arrived there.
Now, after months of healing, the baby is feeling fine and recovering just perfectly.
The hospital’s staff shared the exciting news on Facebook, writing:
“Just a brighter moment – in all the tragedy in Australia at the moment we wanted to share something good.
Look at Keli today, a whopping 1 kg in weight, the fungal infection has gone and all his fur is regrowing. It’s still early days yet, we will get very excited when he makes 2.5kg.
And it’s time for him to come into the ‘dehumanizing trees ‘ in preparation for release back to the wild.
Release will not happen until the cooler months, and thankfully there is still some good habitat left in selected locations.”
In the middle of an environmental catastrophe like the one currently happening in Australia, this story brings joy and hope that many other animals will be saved and healed too.
Sussan Ley, environmental minister, confirmed that up to 30% of the natural habitat of koalas has been destroyed so far, and sadly, the percent may even get higher. However, after the fires calm down, the situation will be properly assessed.
“I get mail from all around the world from people absolutely moved and amazed by our wildlife volunteer response and also by the habits of these curious creatures.”
The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital along with the rest of the hospitals on the territory of Australia fight with all their strength to save as many koalas and other animals as possible.
People from every part of the planet, including many celebrities, are donating as much as they can. The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital has even set a GoFundMe page to ‘Help Thirsty Koalas Devastated by Recent Fires.’
So far, it managed to raise over AUD 2.3 million (USD 1.6 million).
We pray for all the people and animals affected by the bushfires.