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Wildlife Experts Claim 480 Million Animals Could Have Been Killed In Australian Bushfires

Wildlife Experts Claim 480 Million Animals Could Have Been Killed In Australian Bushfires

The deadly Australian bushfires have killed a lot of wildlife, but the most affected have been the koala population.

It has been estimated by wildlife experts that nearly 480 million animals have lost their lives because of the Australian Bushfires, which blazed across more than four million hectares across five states, reports Evening Standard. However, the authorities have not given any official statement on how many animals have died so far.  

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A large number of species have been affected due to the bushfires in Australia. The continent is home to a number of indigenous species including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, possums, wombats, and echidnas. But, by far, koalas have been affected the most. Experts have estimated that 30 percent of just one koala colony on the country's northeast coast is believed to have perished.

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A volunteer at Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Services (WIRES), Tracy Burgess said, "We're not getting that many animals coming into care. So, our concern is that they don't come into care because they're not there anymore, basically."

The organization has received partial government funding, which means that it heavily relies on donations from the public, including the help of volunteers like Burgess who care for the animals in their own homes.

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At present, Burgess is currently taking care of an injured brushtail possum, which was found in the rural town of Clarence in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains region, around 100 kilometers (62.1 miles) west of Sydney.

She said that she hopes she will be able to save the possum that is under her care, especially more so once she discovered that the possum is pregnant. 

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She said, "Once we got the pouch open, a tiny little hand came out with claws on it, so, yeah, there's a pinkie - very little baby unfurred possum. So she's a ferocious mother who has clearly done her best for her bub." Another WIRES rescuer is also taking care of a scalded kangaroo. Dodd said, "He was just sitting under a bush and his mum was not too far away but he was obviously not well enough to hop around. He's had lots of fluids and now he's off to the vet."

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