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New Zealand alloy engineers comfort a distressed koala on Kangaroo Island

Moving moment New Zealand alloy engineers comfort a troubled koala after spotting the marsupial with its tongue hanging in the bush

  • Two New Zealand army personnel who wrap the distressed koala with a blanket
  • Australia’s neighbor has deployed 116 members to help with forest fires
  • They have cleared routes for emergency services and saved wildlife
  • An estimated one billion animals were killed by the fires

A koala lost among the burnt bushes on Kangaroo Island has been spotted and is being rescued by the New Zealand army.

A heart-warming image issued by the New Zealand Defense Force shows two soldiers wrapping the ailing marsupial in a blanket.

Australia’s neighbor has deployed 116 members of the Army, Air Force, and Defense Force to help during the massive forest fires burning across the country.

Two members of the Defense of New Zealand see a blanket wrapped around a distressed koala

Two members of the Defense of New Zealand see a blanket wrapped around a distressed koala

NZDF members have seen firsthand the disastrous impact that the fires caused on communities and wildlife, causing 8,000 koalas to die on Kangaroo Island alone.

The staff has been able to assist in clearing routes and removing trees for emergency services.

They had the accident of taking dead animals out of the aftermath of the fire, including kangaroos killed in the deadly fires that swept the island.

Major National Officer Major Ron Christmas said it was refreshing for the group to save animals after seeing the dead.

A soldier from the Defense of New Zealand is seen feeding koala eucalyptus leaves on the island of Kangaroo

A soldier from the Defense of New Zealand is seen feeding koala eucalyptus leaves on the island of Kangaroo

A soldier from the Defense of New Zealand is seen feeding koala eucalyptus leaves on the island of Kangaroo

The aftermath of massive fires that killed wildlife and destroyed communities on Kangaroo Island

The aftermath of massive fires that killed wildlife and destroyed communities on Kangaroo Island

The aftermath of massive fires that killed wildlife and destroyed communities on Kangaroo Island

“We know there is still a long way to go for the recovery efforts, but we are happy to play our role,” he said.

“The enormous magnitude of the devastation is pretty overwhelming when you see it firsthand, so we are very happy that we can help our neighbors with human resources and resources right now,” Major Christmas said.

An estimated one billion animals have been killed in the huge forest fires that devastated Australia, and nearly a third of the koala population in Australia have died.

New Zealand employees help Australians during the devastating fires on Kangaroo Island

New Zealand employees help Australians during the devastating fires on Kangaroo Island

New Zealand employees help Australians during the devastating fires on Kangaroo Island

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