This is the story of a beautiful baby koala (koala joey) who was on the verge of death, near a violent fire in Australia.
She was named Kelly and weighed less than 10 ounces (275 grams) when she was found in New South Wales (NSW) on September 8 in a desperate condition. Most of her fur fell off because she was suffering from a fungal infection.
Before being rescued and taken to Koala Port Macquarie Hospital, Kelly had been lying abandoned on the ground since the fire crisis began.
A few months later, Koala Hospital is proud to announce new pictures of Kelly showing her recovery.
Here is a post on Facebook, written by the hospital:
“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 regrown. It’s still early days yet, we will get very excited when he makes 2.5kg.”
They added that very soon it’ll be returned into the ‘dehumanizing trees ‘ in preparation for release back to the wild. However they will wait for the cooler months, and they emphasized that there is still some good habitat left in selected locations.
According to environmentalists, the fires that have devastated Australia with rabies since September have significantly affected the declining numbers of wildlife and the destruction of private property. The University of Sydney estimates that 480 million mammals, birds, and reptiles have been killed by horrific fires that have spread across the country since September.
This enormous number includes about 8,000 koalas that have perished along the state’s mid-north coast, which extends 240 miles north of Sydney.
According to a statement from Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley, who spoke for the ABC Radio last week, up to 30 percent of koalas in the region were killed. That number is equivalent to the amount of their habitat burned by the fires. The official noted that she is making efforts at work trying to establish the corridors and plans to release hospitalized animals.
Those concerned about the Australian koala population often visit Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, which has become a gathering place.
The hospital has released a GoFundMe page called Helping Thirsty Koalas Who Have Been Devastated by Recent Fires. Since the beginning of the crisis, more than $ 1.6 million (AUD 2.3 million) has been paid into the fund and represents an all-time record in terms of fundraising for the Australian entity.