The current crisis in Australia has brought the death of millions mammals, birds, and reptiles, including 9,000 koalas.
People from all around the world are shocked and petrified by the horrors that are not stopping several mounts.
Heartbreaking photos of injured animals have broken the hearts of millions of people worldwide. Recent heart-rendering pictures of a dehydrated and badly burnt young kangaroo seeking help from a teenage boy, who doused the marsupial with water and gave it a bowl to drink from.
The bushfires have destroyed regions that include parts of the Gondwana rainforests and the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.
As flames spread to the wetlands, rainforests, and dry eucalyptus forests, animals ended up having no place to find refuge.
Temperatures this week have averaged 40C across the country and are set to soar tomorrow to 46C in some places.
Many species have been affected in Australia – which is home to various indigenous fauna including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, possums, wombats and echidnas – but koalas are feared to be among the hardest hit, with an estimated 30 percent of just one koala colony on the country’s northeast coast thought to be lost.
Experts fear that this might forever tip the balance for entire species of flora and fauna, which is an irremediable loss, as 87 percent of wildlife is endemic to the country.
According to Science for Wildlife executive director Dr. Kellie Leigh:
“There’s no procedures or protocols in place – even wildlife carers don’t have protocols for when they can go in after fire.”
Professor of conservation biology at the University of Sydney Mike Letnic said that with the climate being so dry at the moment, and the intensity of these fires, wet gully areas and so on that normally escape the worst of it have been burnt.
“Animals that typically survive in these patches that don’t burn can recolonise from these refuges, but there may be too few pathways to allow for effective recolonisation. It will depend on how many refuges are left.”
At least 19 people have died in Australia’s bushfires, and around 5,000,000 hectares of land has been burned across the country.
Authorities say around 1,400 homes have also been destroyed.
Moreover, the smoke has drastically reduced the air quality and in many parts of Australia, it turned daytime skies to near darkness.
New South Wales Transport Minister said:
“I’ve got to be honest with you, this isn’t a bushfire, it’s an atomic bomb. It’s indescribable the hell it’s caused and the devastation it’s caused.”