Half billion animals killed in Australia wildfires

Half billion animals killed in Australia wildfires

Raging wildfires in Australia have killed about a billion animals and ecologists from the University of Sydney reveals the hardest hit are the native Koalas as their movement is slow and eats just leaves from the eucalyptus tree, which are highly flammable due to oil content in it.

In less than four months about 8,000 Australian Koalas, a third of its entire population of the NSW mid-north-coast, have died due to wildfires.

According to Nature Conservation Council ecologist Mark Graham, fires have burned very hot and fast causing significant mortality of animals.

Graham said, “There is such a big area now that is still on fire and still burning that we will probably never find the bodies.”

Animal rescue volunteer Tracy Burgess said less than expected animals have come to her centre for treatment and hence the number is worrying.

Burges added, “Our concern is that they don’t come into care because they’re not there anymore, basically.”

Environment Minister Sussan Ley said correct number of animal deaths cannot be known now and proper assessment can only be done after the fire calms down.

Meanwhile, about 4,000 people have been stranded at the Mallacoota in Victoria’s East Gippsland and helicopters will be evacuating them.

In some of the isolated towns and communities phone lines and internet are not working.

According to weather forecasters, conditions would become worse further on Saturday and temperatures may reach about 46 degree centigrade.