After the civilians, now the Australian army is also lending a hand in caring for the injured koalas. They joined forces with the firefighter rescuers who are saving the animals from dying after the Australian bushfires.
Soldiers decided to volunteer for providing better care to the homeless koalas.
The Australian army’s Facebook page has several pictures depicting soldiers feeding and cuddling koalas. These soldiers belong to the Tasmania 16 Regiment and the South Australian Regiment. Both are Emergency Support Forces and they made sure that the rescued koalas are given proper nutrients and care.
These soldiers went to Cleland Wildlife Park, South Australia during their rest time. They were to return to the Adelaide Hills to contain the bushfires spreading in that area. Currently, about 120 soldiers have been deployed to Kangaroo Island. This number will go up to 600 in the coming days.
The Facebook post’s caption said that it is to motivate people who’re working hard in the Hills.
These images show the compassionate side of the soldiers. How even after being exhausted from the war against the bushfires, they’re still there to help the injured koalas.
As a result of the devastating bushfires, koalas may very soon be enlisted as one of the endangered species. Estimations say that almost 80% of koalas of Kangaroo Island may have died due to the brutal bushfires.
Sussan Ley, the Minister of the Environment said that the bushfires have hit a hard blow on the koala population. $50 million were allotted as funds for helping the population regrowth, once the bushfires end.
Ley also said that close observation of different habitations of the koalas will be necessary. She said that it will show whether their status changes from ‘vulnerable’ to ‘endangered’ or not.
Countless rescue centers and centers for rehabilitation are running short of funds for necessary medical care. There is a need for foster families who may help in rehabilitating injured koalas and kangaroos. If you are willing and able to help, please contact your nearest rescue center.
Australian soldiers are showing great compassion and strength by sacrificing their resting time. In this time of dire need, all of us should stand by the injured koalas, kangaroos, and other animals and the ones working so hard to save them.
Any and every help is valuable, no matter how small or big it is. Let us show our humanity and save wildlife from perishing.
Featured Image: Australian Army