People from every country of the world viewed the terrible bushfires that took Australia ablaze, while other people faced the danger head-on. Firefighters risked their life so they can fight the fires and save as much as the wildlife and nature as possible. Even with all of the help that Australia got from people and other countries around the world, the impact of the fires was devastating and left irreversible results. Robert Irwin, son of “The Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin, explained with his mother Terri the amount of damage that the wildfire left Australia and its wildlife. While doing this interview, Robert had a hard time trying not to cry. More than half a billion animals were potentially killed in the bushfires. The Irwin family did whatever they could and saved the lives of over 90,000 animals.
"Being able to treat and help koalas is few and far between because they're basically incinerated"
Terri Irwin chats about the devastating impact of Australia's bushfires on our vulnerable koala population.
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Robert and Terri made the interview with Sunrise and tried to explain the real impact of the bushfires and the condition it left the Australian wildlife.
“Being able to treat and help koalas is few and far between because they’re basically incinerated”
A wide report was made, stating that Australia had already lost more than half a billion animals due to its fires. Native animals with numbers of hundreds of thousands were left dead or injured heavily. People across the country come to help the injured animals. Veterinary clinics and zoos are leading the lines in the aid. Among them is The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital team. They are two thousand kilometers away from the zone of fire but that doesn’t stop these activists.
Terri Irwin told sunrise that “We’re able to offer a safe haven for wildlife needing help.”
Robert stated that throughout the process of their help, they saw different varieties of injuries. Currently, they are helping birds, possums, platypus, koalas, and kangaroos.
Burns and smoke inhalation happens often in this kind of job. Additionally, to escape the awful conditions, the animals are running into places that they’re not supposed to be. This results in animals getting run over by cars and attacked by domestic animals. Robert and Terri are also really worried about the population of koalas. As Terri explains, “Koala instinct is to go up, as safety is in the top of the tree. Eucalyptus trees have so much oil that they ignite and actually explode in a fire. That means being able to treat and help koalas is few and far between because they’re basically incinerated.”
After this devastating event, koalas are likely to be put onto the list of endangered species.
Robert was trying hard not to cry when his mother explained the situation of the population of koalas. He stated that “We’re just trying to do our best to help in any way we can, but it’s an absolutely horrific situation. We’re heartbroken.”
Damian Campbell-Davys, a firefighter that was helping in the fire zone, saw the situation and stated: “Kangaroos can hop away, but koalas can’t escape.”