A burned mother koala has been rescued after it was found protecting its baby from fires that have been ravaging New South Wales and Queensland.
The animals were spotted by police in Canungra and saw the mother koala had a singed ear and burns to her back. She was found sitting on a fallen tree with its baby who survived without injuries, thanks to his loving mama.
Senior-Sergeant Peter Waugh said to the Beauesert Times: “Everything was burnt to the ground around them.
“When we found her it looked like she was lying on top of her young – as if she was cradling it.”
Wildcare Australia Inc. shared a picture of the animals, mentioning Jimboomba police officer Darren Ward, who spotted the animals.
“There was singeing to the fur, and singeing to the ears… but the baby seemed quite well protected,” Ward added.
The koalas spent some time in the back of the police car before wildcare volunteers took them in.
Writing on Facebook, Wildcare Australia Inc. said: “This koala mum and her joey were rescued last night by Jimboomba Police and Wildcare volunteers in the Gold Coast Hinterland Bushfires.
“They were taken to the RSPCA Queensland wildlife hospital for treatment and are being monitored closely. They are both in a stable condition at present.”
The organization created another post to say another koala had been rescued, saying: “Another koala caught up in the bushfires in the Gold Coast Hinterland has been rescued.
“She’s now in the safe hands of Wildcare Australia Inc.”
A spokesperson for the Rural Fire Service, Kaye Healing, said crews around Canungra were very tired. “They’re fatigued and it’s extremely stressful.
“They’re members of these communities and they’ve watched houses burn down and there hasn’t been a damn thing they could do about it.”
The country is currently fighting more than 100 wildfires across the two states. Queensland Fire and Emergency Services’ predictive services inspector, Andrew Surgess, said that in around 130 years of records, Queensland has never seen fires this severe.
“It is an historic event,” he added.
“This is an omen if you will, a warning of the fire season we are likely to see ahead in the southeastern parts of the state, the driest parts of the state, where most of our population lives.”
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