In the middle of a bushfire crisis, Australia is in desperate need of help while they are struggling to extinguish the numerous fires raging on its territory.
Apart from the numerous volunteers, many locals have decided to do their best to rescue animals in the devastated areas.
On Kangaroo Island, two cousins drive around the area to rescue as many koalas as they can in their car. They filmed the interior of their car filled with rescued koalas, and their cousin posted it on Reddit with the caption:
“Amid the terrible bushfires in Australia, my cousins went out and saved as many koalas as they could. Good on ’em.”
People kept praising the young heroes for their selfless deed.
Kangaroo Island is a wildlife refuge off the southern coast of the country, and its rich biodiversity makes it an Australian equivalent to the Galapagos Islands.
About half of it has been massively destroyed in the fires.
Yet, the two teens, Micah, 19, and Caleb, 18, have managed to rescue about 20 koalas, including six orphaned joeys and two mothers bearing children.
The teens had to choose which of the poor animals needed their help the most, and the more vulnerable koalas were rescued the first.
They worked on the criteria that animals that didn’t have burns and were active, mature and responded quickly were still able to fend for themselves.
The cousins hope that the koalas they saved can eventually return to their wild Kangaroo Island habitat. They also added that about 60 percent of the koalas they found had burned to death.
One of the cousins can be heard in the video clip, saying:
“This is our little koala rescue. Just trying to collect as many live ones as we can.”
Unfortunately, due to fatal injuries, a fifth of the ones they saved died within the first day.
During the past weekend, the fire extended to Kangaroo Island, and it has been estimated that 25,000 additionally koalas burned to death, which may have devastating consequences for the survival of the species, according to wildlife experts and conservationists.