Rare Pygmy Possums Rediscovered After Fears Bushfires Wiped Them Out | 22 Words

As we all know, Australia has suffered a great deal this year, what with the bushfires almost completely wiping out some of their indigenous species.

But maybe things aren't all lost, because a heartwarming announcement by a conservation team has shown us that the pygmy possum has been found alive and well!

Keep scrolling to see the adorable discovery for yourself...

In September last year, bushfires brought months of destruction to Australia's East Coast.

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A combination of record-breaking high temperatures and a prolonged drought resulted in some of the worst fires the country has ever endured.

The country experienced its driest spring on record.

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So, when their annual bushfire season arrived in October, things were quick to spiral out of control.

This was made worse by the country's prolonged drought...

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The land had become even more flammable than it already was, which only enabled the flames to spread at terrifying speeds.

Heartbreakingly, many of Australia's brave firefighters lost their lives in the fight for their country.

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Sadly, even more people remain missing.

The plumes of smoke could even be seen from space.

NASA reported that one of their satellites was able to capture the thick smoke billowing across the country.

It was a truly terrifying time.

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But the wildlife has perhaps suffered the worst. Several of Australia’s native species have been impacted by the fires, including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, possums, wombats, and echidnas.

Over a billion animals are estimated to have died.

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In January, Chris Dickman, an ecology expert from the University of Sydney, predicted that "nationally", more than 1 billion different animals had died as a result of the fires and destroyed habitats.

Koalas have been amongst the hardest hit...

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With around 25,000 of the marsupials having perished in the flames.

Thousands more were injured...

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This concerned caregivers about their survival rates, considering that a staggering proportion of their natural habitats have been destroyed.

Eighty percent of the koala's habitat was completely burnt out...

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Leaving the marsupials without a home or any natural supply of food.

But, throughout the last few months, there has finally been some good news.

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Months after being rescued, surviving koalas are slowly being released back into the wild.

Footage of the rehabilitated animals being released has been circulating the internet...

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And, in a heartwarming video released by ACT Parks and Conservation Service on Facebook, you can see just how happy the koalas were to be returned to the nature reserve.

The second their cages were opened up, they hopped out...

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And started getting familiar with their old homes again, instantly climbing trees and eating leaves.

And we couldn't be happier to see them thriving.

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Speaking to Nine News, Dr. Sarah May explained that one of the koalas, Yellow, had given birth after she was rescued a few months ago.

May said this:

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"She's [the joey] going to poke her head out in a couple of months, they poke their heads out at around five, six months, and that's when we'll start to know whether it's a boy or a girl."

The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Mick Gentleman, also added this:

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"The koalas have a new member joining their family, with the Tidbinbilla wildlife team finding a joey in Yellow's pouch. We expect the little joey to emerge from the pouch in a few months' time ready for warmer weather..."

But that's not all.

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This week, another Australian animal has been discovered in the wild after fears it hadn't survived the devastating bushfires.

Aussie conservation group, Kangaroo Island Land for Wildlife, discovered a group of pygmy possoms back in the wild.

And they are literally the cutest thing!

"The status of the little pygmy possum (Cercartetus lepidus) was unknown pre-2020 bushfires on #kangarooisland."

"With most of its habitat severely burnt, we are happy to have detected the species for the first time since the fires in the largest unburnt patch," reads a statement on Twitter.

"There’s only really been 113 formal records of the species."

"So certainly not very common and, obviously, the bushfires burnt through much of that habitat that species had, but we were certainly hopeful that we would find them."

2020 finally offers us some hope.

And could it have come in any cuter form?

A huge congratulations to these little fighters.

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