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Beautiful News Stories To Come Out Of The Australian Bushfires.

This bushfire season we’ve lost a staggering one billion animals, with that figure only expected to rise.

It’s a haunting number, and is particularly distressing when you consider the sheer vulnerability of a wild animal.

But among the confronting images we’ve all seen of dying, dead and desperate animals in recent weeks, there have also been incredible tales of strength, compassion and hope.

For months, rescuers have been working tirelessly to protect and save animals caught in Australia’s bushfires. These are just a few of their stories.

For months, rescuers have been working tirelessly to protect and save animals caught in Australia’s bushfires. These are just a few of their stories.

The car full of koalas.
This bunch of injured koalas were saved by two heroic cousins.The teenagers filmed their journey as they loaded several koalas into their car on Kangaroo Island, sharing details of their rescue mission on Reddit.

 

Patsy, the hero farm dog.
Six-year-old kelpie-border collie Patsy is a very good girl.
She’s been hailed a hero for helping to save a flock of sheep from the bushfires.

Her owner explains (on Patsy’s Instagram, of course) that she helped to round up the flock and get them to safety as the flames bared down on their farm in Corryong, Victoria.

“Patsy waited with him [one of her humans] until the fire got close enough to fight with a tractor and water pump,” it reads on social media.
“I’d have been stuffed without Patsy,” owner Stephen Hill told SBS News.
“She’s earned front-seat privileges for the rest of her life.”

 

Bear, the hero koala dog.
Speaking of heroes, THIS GUY.

Bear has a very important job – he’s a koala detection dog and has been very busy saving his friends up and down the east coast of Australia.

As a pup, Bear was abandoned due to his OCD, but now even actor Tom Hanks knows his name – and wants to make a movie about him.

We’ll be in the front row Bear. Promise.

This is Bear. He was abandoned as a puppy due to his OCD, but quickly found a new life as a koala detection dog. As wildfires devastate Australia’s east coast, Bear is doing his best to locate any injured or misplaced koalas. He’s their unexpected savior and our true blue hero

The man out in the bush searching for sick animals.


Meet Patrick Boyle.The Mallacoota local is on a solo mission to save as many injured wildlife as he can.

The 22-year-old told the Today Show: “I’m a hunter – I’m one of the last people that others would expect to help these animals. Farmers, hunters and workers are the ones out there actually taking action right now.”

He's saved seven koalas, and yes, the world does need more Patricks.

Since the fire has passed through Mallacoota this amazing, selfless young guy has been out searching for injured wildlife. This is one of 7 koalas he's saved so far

The Irwin family.
Many of us would expect the Irwins to be doing everything they can right now, but they've managed to save over 90,000 injured wildlife.

“We will continue... being Wildlife Warriors and saving as many lives as we can," Bindi Irwin wrote on Instagram.

Wombats to the rescue

Wombats have been allowing other endangered animals into their homes as they flee fire-torn bushland. 

Animals have survived the bushfires by fleeing into underground tunnels set up by wombats.

The tunnels have become a refuge for species like wallabies and echidnas, as they shelter from the fires. 

 


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