The natural disaster in Australia: Kangaroo island rescuers are trying to save dying koalas and kangaroos
Heartbreaking moment Wildlife Rescuer breaks down after desperately trying to save dying koalas and kangaroos after forest fires destroyed their habitat
- Wildlife rescue workers have descended on Kangaroo Island to help injured animals
- Animals were decimated there this season, with 35,000 koalas dead
- Dramatic images captured the emotional turmoil that the scene had with rescuers
- New growth has been spotted in devastated areas of the island after the forest fires
- Residents hope that the tourist traffic to the holiday island will return
Heartbreaking images have emerged of nature saviors trying to save injured koalas and kangaroos after forest fires have destroyed their habitat.
A group of animal rescuers descended on Kangaroo Island in South Australia to help animals in the wild after a fire struck by the island during the summer period.
Two people were killed in a fire that got out of hand in January, one third of the island was burned out, with animals burned by the Flinders Chase National Park.
More than 200,000 hectares of land were destroyed by the fires and an estimated 35,000 koalas were killed.
Human Society International Crisis Response Specialist Kelly Donithan picks up an injured koala on Kangaroo Island in January
Wildlife and their habitats were decimated by bushfire during the summer period, with more than 200,000 hectares of burnt land
Nature rescuers have collected injured animals and brought them to safe harbors and animal hospitals, including an improvised field hospital in Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park
A team of rescue workers led by Kelly Donithan from Humane Society Internationale recently dragged the island for Koala Rescue from Channel Seven.
Rescuers wandered through vast environments of burnt-out trees to find struggling animals and transport them to safe harbors on the island.
Mrs. Donithan was filmed with a severely burned kangaroo who initially thought she was dead and became emotional when he spoke about the fate of the marsupial.
“We see them here, these guys, and it’s hard to really tell how bad their injuries are while they’re still pretty mobile,” Mrs. Donithan said.
“But if you find them in this condition, we know it is because the burns have become so bad at their feet that their skin and tissue and everything die.
“I don’t think anything should be left out to suffer any kind of pain or hunger, it’s just a very terrible way for them to pass, it brings me peace to give them that.”
Kelly Donithan is investigating a koala she saved on Kangaroo Island in January
Koalas are resting in laundry baskets with baskets in the improvised field hospital in the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park
There are fears for the survival of important indigenous species, including the shiny black cockatoo population of the island and the dunnart of Kangaroo Island.
Native flowers and greenery have started to bloom on the island since the flames were extinguished in mid January.
New growth has been observed in burnt-out parts of the island, with each growing shrub providing new hope for the island and its ecosystems.
Residents hope for a return to tourist traffic and a much needed local economic stimulus for local businesses.
Qantas announced earlier this month that they are more than doubling the number of flights between Adelaide and Kangaroo Island following a decision by Regional Express to withdraw from the route.
Trees in the burnt-out landscape show new growth and a regeneration of the local ecosystem