After numerous bushfires wreaked havoc in Australia, animals living in the wild suffered the most. While many perished because of the fires, some were saved by residents living nearby.
Just like the woman, residents in New South Wales and other parts of the country also came forward to help the poor marsupials, who were affected in large numbers.
In addition to the operations undertaken by the agencies, an NGO, The Rescue Collective, has been collecting and distributing supplies from the public to domestic rescue and wildlife hospital services in every city of the country.
If it’s an animal that’s lived in the bush they’re ending up in wildlife hospitals at the moment. Reptiles, koalas, joeys, snakes are all being found by people either trying to escape the fires or being caught in them. We have had people knitting koala mittens for burnt pads and sewing pouches for marsupials.People are so passionate to help the animals, they want to save our national emblems and they want to do whatever they can to help.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) explained they didn’t have to arrange for mittens since so many local residents already provided the knitted goods.
After bushfires affected big patches of forested areas, more than $75,000 has been donated to koala hospitals in the state so far.