The current crisis in Australia has brought the death of nearly half a billion mammals, birds, and reptiles, including 8,000 koalas.
People from all around the world are shocked and petrified by the horrors of the inferno that has not been stopped since September.
Heartbreaking images and videos of injured animals by the bushfires have broken the hearts of people worldwide. Recent heart-rendering pictures of a dehydrated and burnt kangaroo seeking help from a young boy have now distressed the public.
The boy doused the kangaroo from the state of New South Wales in water and gave it a bowl from which it could drink.
More than half a billion animals are predicted to have died while others are facing starvation and dehydration as the fires destroy their habitats https://t.co/wNZT6fxqpz
— Metro (@MetroUK) January 4, 2020
The bushfires have destroyed regions that include parts of the Gondwana rainforests and the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.
As flames spread to the wetlands, rainforests, and dry eucalyptus forests, animals ended up having no place to find refuge.
Experts fear that this might forever tip the balance for entire species of flora and fauna, which is an irremediable loss, as 87 percent of wildlife is endemic to the country.
According to Science for Wildlife executive director Dr. Kellie Leigh:
“We’re getting a lot of lessons out of this and it’s just showing how unprepared we are. There’s no procedures or protocols in place -- even wildlife carers don’t have protocols for when they can go in after fire.”
— Lily Was Here (@WhereIsLilyNow) January 4, 2020
Mike Letnic, a professor of conservation biology at the University of Sydney, says:
“With the climate being so dry at the moment, and the intensity of these fires, wet gully areas and so on that normally escape the worst of it have been burnt.
Animals that typically survive in these patches that don’t burn can recolonize from these refuges, but there may be too few pathways to allow for effective recolonization. It will depend on how many refugees are left.”
— dominic dyer (@domdyer70) January 3, 2020
Authorities have compared the effect of the fires to nuclear warfare. According to authorities, the fires have killed at least 19 people, burned around 5,000,000 hectares of land, and destroyed 1,400 homes.
Moreover, the smoke has drastically reduced the air quality and in many parts of Australia, it turned daytime skies to near darkness.
New South Wales Transport Minister said:
“I’ve got to be honest with you, this isn’t a bushfire, it’s an atomic bomb. It’s indescribable the hell it’s caused and the devastation it’s caused.”
THIS IS BEAUTIFUL. A young kangaroo that was badly burned and rescued then treated…will live to eventually have a great life. What a wonderful photo of wildlife and humans working together for the better good. pic.twitter.com/RtEklNuVLN
— Avon Buddhists (@ABuddhists) November 19, 2019