The koala had been listed in the Red List of Threatened Species as “vulnerable” among many other animals. The devastating wildfire spreading in Australia have burned over 2.5 million acres of land and is circling many distressed koalas.
When one woman named Toni saw a koala screaming between the flames in New South Wales, she wasn’t going to evacuate without saving the poor animal from certain death. The right course of action was incredibly clear; the brave lady decided to spring to the fire zone to save the scared animal. As soon as she scooped it up she wrapped it in her shirt, and immediately poured water over it, hoping to save its life.
The injured koala was crossing a road amongst the flames, trying to escape the flames and the heat. According to the courageous lady, she would take him to a facility that had been taking care of injured koalas, the Port Macquarie Kala Hospital.
Rescue teams sent to the scorched area were assisted by Bear the Koala Detection Dog. Bear has been trained to sniff out koalas in difficult situations. He is sent by the International Fund for Animal Welfare Australia (IFAW) and is being accompanied by fellow handlers at Detection Dogs for Conservation.
Heat and winds seemingly will widen Australia’s bushfire crisis, and about 1.6 million hectares of land have been lost.
The bushfires have been decreasing the koala population in numbers. Hundreds of koalas lost their lives as bushfires circle them, leaving no options to reach safety.
Koalas instinctively climb up trees during threatening moments where it’s most dangerous, making them more vulnerable than other wildlife animals.
Firefighters are still working to prevent further loss of life and property.
Reportedly, 31 koalas have been brought to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital to receive medical attention, many in severely injured.
Koalas who try to find safety on the top of the trees face a dangerous walk across the scorched ground in case they survive the heat and the flames.
People are collaborating to help save more koalas and opened a GoFundMe campaign, aiming to purchase automatic drinking stations and locate them in the affected areas to save survivor animals – the goal was $25,000.
Fortunately, more than $879,000 have been raised, allowing the project to save more wildlife survivals. Compassionate people are providing temporary homes for injured koalas.
The Koala Hospital Port Macquarie doctors said, “This male koala who was so disorientated by the flames and unfortunately was burnt further as he headed back into active fire. He has been called Ellenborough Lewis (after her grandchild). He has been treated and is now in the five star accommodation at the Koala Hospital.”
The Twitter community is left heartbroken after seeing the act of bravery: