While the number of animal deaths in the continent is heartbreaking, there are also many instances amidst this state of emergency where people have come forward to help the ones stuck in these forest fires.
1. An Australian woman emerged as a hero after she helped a Koala escape the devastating fire by taking off her shirt wrapping the koala with burns in it. She then poured a bottle of water over the koala.
2. The Sikh owners of an Indian restaurant in Bairnsdale offered free food to people who were stranded due to the forest fires and had to evacuate their homes to shift to a cooler place.
A Sikh couple is distributing thousands of free meals to victims of the Australian bushfires.— Simran Jeet Singh (@SikhProf) January 2, 2020
Kamaljit Kaur and Kanwaljit Singh -- our first global superheroes of 2020. https://t.co/XiEiMMaY6O
3. A group of cyclists provided water to a Koala from their water bottles. They were approached by the innocent creature in the middle of the road.
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There were about a dozen cyclists around me watching this (all men) and several commented that it was genuinely the best thing they’ve witnessed. What a truly wonderful experience. Check out my previous posts this morning for explanation. : Please see my “Go Fund Me” page which is on my Instagram profile bio that I have commenced to raise money for the rescue team caring for over 100 sick and injured koalas in Adelaide. @bikebug2019 : #cyclingtips #cycling #roadcycling #roadbike #roadbikelife #lifeonabike #travelbybike #cyclingphotography #cycleshots #rideyourbike #instacycle #veloclub #cyclinglife #fromwhereride #switchbacks #roadslikethese #cyclingpassion #cyclingworld #whenindoubtpedalitout #womenonbikes #womenriders @cyclingtips @veloclub.cc @iamspecialized @iamspecialized_wmn @womenridebikes #rideadelaide #radelaide #adelaide #adelaidehills #southaustralia #koala #koalabear #koalabears #australia
4. The late Steve Irwin’s daughter, Bindi Irvin and her family have treated over 90,000 animals since the Australian bush fires began. They also built extra wards for several types of other animals.
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Our @AustraliaZoo Wildlife Hospital takes in animals from all over Australia. Hundreds of grey-headed flying foxes, a species listed as vulnerable, have been flown to Queensland after the rescue centre they were recovering in was at risk from fire and evacuated. Some of the orphans are now being cared for by the team at the hospital until they’re big enough to go home, and there’s no threat of fire. 🦇 In September, flying fox admissions to the hospital skyrocketed by over 750% due to drought conditions and lack of food. Flying foxes are now being drastically affected by wildfires and we’re again seeing an influx of these beautiful animals from across the country. This week, we treated our 90,000th patient. To cope with so many animals being admitted to the hospital, in 2019 we opened a sea turtle rehabilitation centre, sea snake ward and are about to complete a new bird recovery area, but it’s still not enough to keep up. We need to build a new ward for our patients. Wildlife Warriors from around the world are asking how they can help us save native wildlife, you can donate on our website www.wildlifewarriors.org , or support our fundraiser to start construction of our newest ward by visiting the link in my bio! 💚
5. A firefighter fed water to a struggling Koala as the horrific fires took away half of its habitat.
This will melt your heart. As you know Australia is facing one of the biggest bush fires now. Here a kind firefighter providing water to a Koala while its home is burning. This species has just lost many parts of its habitat. Disaster to wildlife looks like this. Credit in video. pic.twitter.com/YIPwzahQCr— Parveen Kaswan, IFS (@ParveenKaswan) December 24, 2019
6. An Instagram star turned into an amateur firefighter as he rescued a baby kangaroo from the blazing fires. He wrapped the baby animal in a damp blanket then fed it some water from a bottle lid.
7. Volunteers across the world made and sent protective pouches and blankets for the animals who ended up homeless and cold due to the fires. The Animal Rescue Craft Guild is coordinating this great initiative.
Shared by Anni Grindrod on the Animal Rescue craft guild! Lots of little pouches crafters have been making for our baby animals 😭 pic.twitter.com/gSajdOhk60— Ataraxy 🇦🇺 (@ataraxycreative) January 6, 2020
8. Two teenagers drove around fire-ravaged Australia, rescued injured koala bears by picking up injured koalas and placing them in their car.
9. Australia's Mogo zoo's staff members saved all 200 animals in the zoo by staying in the zoo to protect them and temporarily keeping some of them in their own homes.
'There's a tiger to the back of the house.' 🐅🏠😅— BBC Radio 5 Live (@bbc5live) December 31, 2019
Rangers from @mogowildlife, 10 minutes from the #AustralianFires, have had to keep some animals in their homes to keep them safe.
Sara Ang from the wildlife park says all animals and staff are safe.
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10. A couple turned the back of a post office into an animal rescue centre. They are taking care of a kangaroo and two joeys.
“We were told that the fireys really fought to save the post office because they didn’t want to lose it,” Moser says. “It’s humbling, you know? Why do we deserve that?” @mmcgowan in Cobargo. https://t.co/48WsnS0nge— Gabrielle Chan (@gabriellechan) January 6, 2020
That is the sort of kindness that is needed in these times of need.