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Monday, January 27, 2020

Soldiers Fighting Fires Spend Rest Time Helping Feed Displaced Koalas


Soldiers from the Australian Army who are risking their lives to fight Australia's catastrophic fires are also helping to feed displaced koalas in their spare time.

The men and women from the South Australian and Tasmanian 16 Regiment Emergency Support Force visited Cleland Wildlife Park in South Australia last Friday.

They nursed koalas during feeding time and gave them their required nutrients through syringes.

Nobody had a chance to get changed out of their army uniforms for the quick stop and returned to battle the blazes in Adelaide Hills after the rest.


'They've been using their rest periods to lend a helping hand,' pictures of the encounter were captioned on Facebook.

'A great morale boost for our hard working team in the Adelaide Hills.'

The adorable moment comes after reports suggested thousands of koalas could have perished when fires swept through much of the east coast of Australia.


Photos and videos from across the nation show desperate and often badly burnt koalas approaching humans seeking water and help.

Currumbin Wildlife Hospital senior vet Michael Pine said that while koalas can be given water to drink it should not be poured down their throats.

'Normally healthy koalas don't drink but the incredibly dry conditions means they will because they aren't getting enough fluid,' Mr Pine told Daily Mail Australia.


'As long as the koala is lapping and drinking itself that's fine but forcing it into their mouth - there is a risk that koala could breathe the liquid.'

Original reports suggested that 500 million animals had already perished in the blazes, but authorities now estimates that number is higher than one billion.

'Australia is a land of bushfires, but this season's unprecedented mega fires are not normal. Climate change does not cause bushfires, but it does make them much worse,' WWF-Australia CEO Dermot O'Gorman said in a statement.

'This heart-breaking loss includes thousands of precious koalas on the mid-north coast of NSW, along with other iconic species such as kangaroos, wallabies, gliders, potoroos, cockatoos and honeyeaters.'

[ By Mail Online ]

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