Australia's wildlife carers set to work around the clock over Christmas

Australia's wildlife carers set to work around the clock over Christmas
Australia's wildlife carers set to work around the clock over Christmas

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Nevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - New South Wales Rural Fire Service observers during back burning operations near Picton, Australia December 22, 2019. — Reuters pic

MELBOURNE, Dec 25 — Wildlife carers in Australia are ready to work around the clock over Christmas, preparing for more admissions particularly for baby animals stressed by hot weather, bushfires and drought.

Conditions have cooled over the past few days, after devastating bushfires that have burnt more than four million hectares of land across five states since September. Nine people have died during the bushfire emergency.

Hot weather is expected to pick up again at the weekend.

At Port Macquarie's Koala Hospital, carers will be looking after 72 koalas on Christmas Day that were brought in after bushfires raised up to three quarters of their habitat, Clinical Director Cheyne Flanagan told Reuters.

“We have teams on roster for capture if any are in trouble and they are available 24 hours a day,” she said.

A Go Fund Me page for the hospital that was set up in October to provide koalas in bushfire hit areas with drinking stations has been popular with Christmas shoppers, raising A$2.1 million (RM6 million), from an initial target of A$25,000.

With the extra funds it will provide more drinking stations, a water carrying vehicle to replenish the drinking stations, and establish a wild koala breeding programme.

“The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital has been overwhelmed by the kindness, good wishes and support from the Australian and international community for the wildlife icon, the koala,” it said in a statement.

Gerry Ross, a manager at Healesville Sanctuary, in the southern Victoria state, said staff would be receiving injured wildlife at their hospital on Christmas day.

“We do work like an emergency hospital. We do notice a change when it’s really hot. We do have animals come in that are heat affected, or with animals coming in with burned feet from hot roads,” she said.

Australian native animals must first be seen by a veterinarian before they can be sent to a network of 2,600 carers attached to 28 branches of New South Wales state wildlife rescue group WIRES, said spokesman John Grant.

“Anecdotally I think we have never seen it as bad as this, which is the drought, and then the bushfires on top of that,” he said.

“A lot of the birds can escape, and some of the gliders can escape. But the new areas they go to are also drought-stricken. We just need the rain so badly.” — Reuters

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