"...unbelievable loss of wildlife."
This month the world has witnessed the terrible fires that have been exploding across the Australian landscape. It is frightening to imagine having only moments to escape one's home or perish in an inferno. But that is what has happened there. Tragically, at least 108 people have lost their lives. (I would urge readers who wish to help the citizens affected by the fires to contact the American or International Red Cross.)
Then the numbers of animals dead began to reach the news. Livestock, pets, wildlife. The estimate last week was that well over one million animals were probably killed. Thousands are reported injured. Wildlife sanctuaries destroyed. And wildlife that have survived are likely to starve or freeze to death in Australia's upcoming winter months now that the landscape is nothing but ash.
On Tuesday, February 10 The Washington Post ran the photo above and an article about the devastating wildfires in Australia:
"Local CFA firefighter David Tree shares his water with an injured Australian Koala at Mirboo North after wildfires swept through the region on Monday, Feb. 9, 2009. Suspicions that the worst wildfires ever to strike Australia were deliberately set led police to declare crime scenes Monday in towns incinerated by blazes, while investigators moving into the charred landscape discovered more bodies. The death toll stood at 181.(AP Photo/Mark Pardew)"
Today I spoke to one of the vet nurses in the field who was thrilled and overwhelmed as we all are by the support and kindness of everyone. She said when she is able to that she will send on some pictures of kangaroos, koalas, possums and wombats that have been rescued and attended to in what is an unbelievable loss of wildlife....
...While it all remains shocking it is the great response of generosity and support that soothes many of the sores...
If you wish to send even just some small donation on behalf of Australia's wild life you may either contact Steve Clarke at email@example.com or you can go directly to the fund's webpage by using this link: Wildlife Victoria If you need help converting what your contribution is in your own currency, you can do so using this page: Currency Exchange Calculator