"We're absolutely heartbroken," Robert Irwin said in an interview as he tried his best to hold back tears explaining about how the wildlife is taking a toll in the Australian bushfires.
In an emotional interview, Robert Irwin, son of late "crocodile hunter" Steve Irwin, discussed the impact of the bushfires on the millions of animals in the wild. The 16-year-old tried to hold back tears as he described the plight of the animals as they were engulfed in flames and dying from burns and smoke inhalation. He looked visibly upset as he expressed his concern about the birds and other animals being killed by cars as they tried to escape the fires.
"Being able to treat and help koalas is few and far between because they're basically incinerated"— Sunrise (@sunriseon7) 5 January 2020
Terri Irwin chats about the devastating impact of Australia's bushfires on our vulnerable koala population.
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"It's definitely an ongoing issue and we're just trying to do our best to help in any way we can," he said. "But it's a pretty tough situation. We're absolutely heartbroken," he said as his eyes welled up with tears. He was joined by his mother, Terri Irwin, who went on to explain why the koalas were in a lot more danger than kangaroos, who had a better chance of escaping the fires. "But now is the time we need to look at more than just setting aside habitat. Koalas are classed as vulnerable and I think that after this event we need to really sit down and look at classing them as endangered and protecting our icons, our kangaroos, our koalas," she urged.
Robert, who is also an award-winning wildlife photographer, recently shared a picture on Instagram of an orphaned platypus that was the 90,000th patient at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. In the post, he said, " ‘Ollie’ the orphaned platypus is receiving round the clock care until he can be released back to the wild. Over the last 16 years, the hospital has provided 24/7 wildlife rehabilitation and an incredible animal rescue service. We’re so proud of this world-class facility! Thank you for your support — with pressures from drought to bushfires, wildlife need our help now more than ever."
"Proud to be one of the many who are coming together to try to affect some positive change during this incredibly difficult time. We’re here to help where we can for wildlife and to treat the survivors. Again, my greatest thank you goes to Australia’s incredible firefighters. If there’s anyone who can band together and lend a hand in crisis, it’s Australians," Robert said on another Instagram post. This came after his sister, Bindi Irwin, took to Instagram to let everyone know that they were safe and the fires had not affected the zoo. "With so many devastating fires within Australia, my heart breaks for the people and wildlife who have lost so much," she said. "My parents dedicated our Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital to my beautiful grandmother. We will continue to honour her by being Wildlife Warriors and saving as many lives as we can," she added stating that the zoo has been busier than ever.