While Australia is currently battling the most devastating bushfires seen in decades, the Irwins have been working tirelessly, and heroically, to try and save as much of the native wildlife and bushland as they can.
And yesterday, the late Steve Irwin's wife, Terri, and their sixteen-year-old son, Robert, appeared on live TV to discuss the survival chances of their koalas, and Robert simply couldn't hold back his emotion regarding the situation and began to tear up.
Keep scrolling to watch the heartbreaking video, and to hear the devastating verdict on the bushfires...
Australia is being ravaged by one of the worst bush fire crises the world has seen in decades.
New South Wales is suffering immensely at the moment.
via: Getty ImagesThere have been fires reported in every state, but New South Wales is truly taking a beating by bush fires and is undoubtedly the hardest hit. According to CNN, so far, in New South Wales alone, more than 900 houses have been destroyed.
NSW declared a state of emergency last month.
via: Getty ImagesWhat does this mean? Well, it grants "extraordinary powers" to the NSWRFS commissioner, including the authority to allocate government resources and direct government agencies in taking action, according to CNN.
The raging fires have had a devastating impact...
Seventeen people have been confirmed to have died in the fires since they started...
via: Getty ImagesIncluding several volunteer firefighters.
And it's not just the flames themselves that are having deadly consequences...
via: Getty ImagesLast month, the smoke was so bad in Sydney that air quality measured eleven times the "hazardous" level, CNN reports.
The Australian fire services have been stretched to their limits.Firefighters all over the country have been tirelessly battling the formidable blazes and are struggling to contain them. Keep scrolling to see the heartbreaking pictures of the aftermath.
Australia has even been forced to make a global call for help...
via: Getty ImagesAnd it was Canada that was the first to respond and take action. The Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, based in Winnipeg, answered the call for help after realizing the bush fire situation is expected to continue for many more weeks and gave up their Christmas to help fight the raging fires.
Other countries offered their assistance...
via: Getty ImagesIncluding the U.S. and New Zealand, who have sent in more firefighters to try and help tackles the blazes.
But even with assistance from overseas...
welcome to 2020. Australia is literally burning. 4,000 people have fled to Mallacoota beach as a bushfire bears dow… https://t.co/2H0VUuWWAp— Tom Warren (@Tom Warren)1577768890.0
People have been desperately fleeing to beaches for cover.
Australian Bushfires The surreal scene at Currarong in Jervis Bay with huge plumes from the northern flank of the… https://t.co/aB0ZUf6TYU— Liliane Breuning (@Liliane Breuning)1577965325.0
How long could the fires actually be burning for?
via: Getty ImagesSadly, Australia has only just entered summer, meaning temperatures could remain high for some weeks. In fact, temperatures usually reach their highest during January and February, so there may be no end in sight for months.
The fires have also had a devasting impact on wildlife.
via: Getty ImagesSeveral of Australia's native species have been affected including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, possums, wombats, and echidnas. Keep scrolling to see the latest snaps showing the true devastation the fires have had on the native wildlife.
And the latest statistics are some of the most alarming yet.
Koalas have been amongst the hardest hit.
But what's even more concerning...
And that's not all...It's feared that animals that managed to survive the flames will need huge amounts of humanitarian assistance to get populations anywhere near back to what they used to be.
Residents have even been trying to rescue helpless animals themselves.
Now let’s talk about the animals lost in this #Bushfire crisis. Rare and beautiful species, unique to Australia, e… https://t.co/FuXC7nS9k4— Dr. Meraiah Foley (@Dr. Meraiah Foley)1577914002.0
A staggering number of animals have perished in the fires.
via: Getty ImagesAnd its only set to get worse. But the number that surfaced this week is utterly heartbreaking.
Nearly half a billion animals have died.Ecologists from the University of Sydney have said that it's thought around 480 million mammals, birds, and reptiles have died since September.
It's a heartbreaking statistic.
via: GettyBut, despite the devastating reality of what is happening to the country, not all hope is gone.
Australian communities have rallied together in a bid to save the country's struggling wildlife.
via: GettyBut there is one family, in particular, who have gone to exceptional measures to help the animals, birds, and reptiles of Australia.
The Irwins have stepped in.
via: GettyThe late wife and children of the Australian wildlife enthusiast, and overall legend, Steve Irwin.
Terri, Bindi, and Robert are just as passionate about the planet as Steve was.
The 3 of them work together to provide vital conservation for animals and the environment...
But, amid the horrific bushfires, people have been concerned about the safety of the zoo.
via: GettyIs Australia Zoo and it's thousands of inhabitants safe from the deadly blaze?
Bindi recently took to Instagram to reassure people about Australia Zoo's safety...
The zoo currently remains safe from the blaze.
And the number of animals treated at the Irwin's animal hospital is simply staggering.
And Bindi has promised to continue fighting for the animals.
The Irwin's facility is catering to a variety of different animals.
But, despite their remarkable work...
It was a difficult watch.
via: 7newsRobert, alongside his mom, Terri, appeared live on Australia's Sunrise breakfast show to discuss the catastrophic effects the bushfires have had on the native wildlife.
They explained how the fate of the koalas, in particular, isn't looking good.
via: Twitter"Their instinct is to go up," Terri explained when asked about the Koala's chances of survival. "Safety is in the top of the tree. But in the hot fire, the eucalyptus trees have so much oil in their leaves that they ignite and actually explode."
Terri went on to explain how the koalas are suffering horrific deaths...
via: Twitter"Being able to treat and help koalas is few and far between because they're basically incinerated, which is absolutely heartbreaking."
And, all while Terri was explaining the koala's sorry fates...
via: TwitterRobert stood alongside her, nodding solemnly and looking on the verge of tears.
The teen suddenly became choked up.
via: 7news"It's definitely an ongoing issue and we're just trying to do our best to help in any way we can," Robert explained, as he fought back tears.
Robert's face said it all.
"Being able to treat and help koalas is few and far between because they're basically incinerated" Terri Irwin cha… https://t.co/jgTbMQ95Pf— Sunrise (@Sunrise)1578260749.0
People were quick to take to Twitter to praise the teen...
@RobertIrwin There truly needs to be more people like you on this planet. Your spirit just inspires so many.— The Deakins (@The Deakins)1578294516.0
But everyone was saying the same thing...
@sunriseon7 I love The Irwin family. Steve would be so so proud of them.— Dannii 🇭🇲 🌊 🌈 (@Dannii 🇭🇲 🌊 🌈)1578261209.0