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The devastating effects of forest fires on Australian animal ecology

The devastating effects of forest fires on Australian animal ecology

The wildfires in Australia have been killing untold numbers of animals, reports say that includes a thousands of koalas and kangaroos.

Australians are doing their best to save them and other countries are also pitching in Archy jung-in has the story.

A koala walks past flames across an empty road, then climbs up the embankment and stops dejected as the route ahead is blocked by fire , one woman grabs a koala from the tree and pours water over its burned body.

“We need to start doing something torebuild these wild populations as soon as we possibly can, now we really need somebody to make a decision on this and do what's needed”.

As wildfires continue to ravage Australia some devastating numbers are emerging, at least 24 people killed more than 50 million acres burned, over 1,400 homes destroyed.

Most of all the fires have taken a grisly toll on the country's wild animals up to 500 million are believed to have been killed in the blazes.

According to some local biodiversity experts this could even be the beginning of the extinction of koalas. An estimated eight thousand of them have died from the fires accounting for one-third of all koalas in New South Wales.

Aesidents and fire fighters are doing all they can to save the animals. Australian communities have banded together to help find feed and rehabilitate survivors.

Even the animals have survived scampering away or hunkering down may die from dehydration or starvation for some it's like losinga family.

One woman who lost kangaroo sanctuary fears that dozens of the Kangaroos have died, about 22 kangaroo shave returned to the sanctuary, some with serious burns.

“All got these amazing personalities and they're all individual and people don't understand what they really like, and well they're my family, it's likely be”

International aid is arriving in the form of comforting blankets protective pouches for joys and mittens for koalas with burned paws to those saving animals from the fires.

Experts say it is important to follow precautions to say safe from the fires.

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