The impact of the blazes on Australia and its wildlife is tragic, to say the least. People from all around the world keep praying for the country, which has been devastated by raging bushfires since September.
During all this time, flames have caused disastrous effects on the country, killing at least 23 people, half a billion animals, demolishing thousands of homes, and burning huge parts of Australia down.
Photos of injured wildlife have broken too many hearts worldwide, and a recent image taken in New South Wales revealed a terribly burned kangaroo who sought help from a young boy.
The teen poured water over the dehydrated marsupial and gave it a bowl to drink out of. The poor little animal was fortunately saved, unlike millions of other animals on the territory of Australia.
Another heartbreaking video revealed dozens of kangaroos fleeing from their homes across grassland near the New South Wales (NSW) village of Bredbo.
The ‘roos were searching for safety from the fires, and the Twitter user that uploaded it explained that the closest bushfire was around six miles away from the land they were running over.
On Saturday, two people died on Kangaroo Island after flames erupted close to their vehicle, and other six people are missing in regions across New South Wales and Victoria.
Dr. Kellie Leigh, executive director of Science for Wildlife, said:
“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.”
The bushfire crisis, which is feared to aggravate during the summer months, has turned southeast Australia into an apocalyptic nightmare.
Endemic species in Australia, including kangaroos, koalas, possums, wallabies, wombats, and echidnas have been dramatically affected by the fire crisis. Yet, experts claim that koalas have suffered the most, with an estimated 30 percent of just one koala colony lost on the northeast coast.
According to Mike Letnic, professor of conservation biology at the University of Sydney:
“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.”
Andrew Constance, New South Wales Transport Minister, compared the horrible effects of the bushfires with the ones of atomic bombs:
“It’s indescribable the hell it’s caused and the devastation it’s caused.”