Tiny Koala Joey Makes Remarkable Recovery After Being Found Near Bushfires | 22 Words

It's no secret that koalas have been some of the hardest-hit native species of the relentless Australian bushfires. There's been some devasting statistics, images, and news surfacing from this tragedy and it's showing no signs of slowing down.

But, today, a positive story has emerged amidst all the tragedy - a tiny koala Joey has made an unbelievable recovery after being found abandoned near the blazes.

The before and after pictures are shocking... keep scrolling to take a look.

 

Australia is being ravished by one of the worst bush fire crises the world has seen in decades.

Due to soaring temperatures and one of the worst droughts in years, the relentless fires have been burning since September. We're currently in January. Just let that sink in.

New South Wales is suffering immensely at the moment.

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There 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. More than 5,000 buildings have now been destroyed.

NSW declared a state of emergency last month.

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What 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.

Twenty-eight people have been confirmed to have died in the fires since they started...

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Including several volunteer firefighters.

The Australian fire services have truly 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...

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And 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...

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Including 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...

There seems to be no end to the blazes. In total, more than 10.7 million hectares (26 million acres) have been burned, CNN reports. And those who escaped the flames have lost their homes, with all their possessions perishing to the flames.

How long could the fires actually be burning for?

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Sadly, 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.

And, even more heartbreakingly so, the fires have also had a devasting impact on wildlife.

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Several of Australia's native species have been affected including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, possums, wombats, and echidnas.

And the latest statistics are some of the most alarming yet.

The country is totally unprepared for the devastation caused to its wildlife. Science for Wildlife executive director Dr. Kellie Leigh told the New South Wales upper house inquiry: "We're getting a lot of lessons out of this and it's just showing how unprepared we are.
"There's no procedures or protocols in place - even wildlife carers don't have protocols for when they can go in after fire."

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.

And of course, we all remember Lewis the koala who was heroically rescued by a woman using the clothes off her back.

A staggering number of animals have perished in the fires.

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And its only set to get worse. But the number that surfaced this week is utterly heartbreaking.

Over one billion animals have died.

It's thought now over one billion mammals, birds, and reptiles have died since September.

And it is the koalas who have been amongst the hardest hit.

It's believed that at least a third of koalas in New South Wales alone have perished in the flames.

It's a heartbreaking fact...

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But koalas simply don't stand as good of a chance as the other native animals.

A koala's instinct is to climb to safety...

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So, rather than running away like the other animals, they are climbing higher into the burning trees.

And the eucalyptus trees in which they reside are incredibly flammable...

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And, as a result, housands of helpless koalas have been finding themselves stuck in the burning trees...

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With no possible means of escape.

So it is of vital importance that we help the struggling marsupials as much as we can.

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Animal hospitals across the country have been overflowing with injured koalas, and thousands of people have been donating and volunteering in a desperate attempt to get their population numbers back up.

And many people have been taking matters into their own hands...

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By rescuing the struggling koalas themselves.

It's truly heartwarming to see the efforts made by the Australian people...

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And people all over the world have been donating money in a bid to provide the surviving koalas with the food and care they so desperately need.

This week some unbelievable pictures have surfaced of a tiny koala joey.

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The adorable little koala, named Keli, was found abandoned near the blazes in New South Wales, on September 8, 2019, and was taken to The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.

He was in a really bad way...

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Keli weighed just 275g and had lost most of his fur from a fungal infection. 

The hospital have kept us updated with his progress.

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And last week, they shared a shocking new picture. He looks so different...

This is Keli now:

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 "Just a brighter moment - in all the tragedy in Australia at the moment we wanted to share something good," the hospital wrote on Facebook. 
"Look at Keli today, a whopping 1 kg in weight, the fungal infection has gone and all his fur is regrowing. It's still early days yet, we will get very excited when he makes 2.5kg."

The hope is for him to eventually be released back into the wild when the cooler months come.

"And it's time for him to come into the 'dehumanizing trees' in preparation for release back to the wild.
"Release will not happen until the cooler months, and thankfully there is still some good habitat left in selected locations." It's so refreshing to see some good news amidst all this tragedy. Want more? Keep scrolling to learn more about an incredible makeshift koala shelter in a school...