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Australia Small sewn items make big difference to animals injured in bushfire crisis

05:31  14 november  2019
05:31  14 november  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Ms Blums said small items being sewn by local residents had made a big difference to help carers with the native wildlife. "We have had people knitting koala mittens for burnt pads and sewing pouches for marsupials," Ms Blums said. "People are so passionate to help the animals , they want to

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As injured and dehydrated animals continue to be discovered by residents along Australia's fire-ravaged east coast, small handmade items are helping animals recover.

Wildlife hospitals have found it difficult to cope with numbers coming in as the loss of bushland is discovered with supplies needed to keep up with demand.

Not-for-profit group the Rescue Collective has been funnelling supplies from the public to domestic rescue and wildlife hospital services throughout Australia.

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"If it's an animal that's lived in the bush they're ending up in wildlife hospitals at the moment," organiser Nicole Blums told ABC Radio Brisbane's Craig Zonca and Loretta Ryan.

"Reptiles, koalas, joeys, snakes are all being found by people either trying to escape the fires or being caught in them."

Ms Blums said small items being sewn by local residents had made a big difference to help carers with the native wildlife.

The RSPCA's 'how-to' worksheets and videos have shown people with crafty skills how to create the items from scratch.

"We have had people knitting koala mittens for burnt pads and sewing pouches for marsupials," Ms Blums said.

"People are so passionate to help the animals, they want to save our national emblems and they want to do whatever they can to help."

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a hand holding a small animal: Small pouches help marsupials found in fire zones recover. (Facebook: The Rescue Collective) © Provided by Australian Broadcasting Corporation Small pouches help marsupials found in fire zones recover. (Facebook: The Rescue Collective) Ms Blums said many of the fire areas had yet to be cleared for volunteers or wildlife carers to enter.

"It's really only just started and there are many areas that no-one can get into at the moment — people are finding animals on the side of the road or in the homes as they're fleeing out of the bush," she said.

"It's absolute devastation."

Wildlife hospitals have told the group in south-east Queensland that many of the animals where suffering from smoke inhalation and dehydration.

"We're getting them the supplies they need but we do know this is the tip of the iceberg and the worse is yet to come," Ms Blums said.

"More than $75,000 has gone out to koala hospitals in the state so far."

Ms Blums said there are plans to help communities south of the boarder in Coffs Harbour, Toowoomba, Boonah, Ipswich and as far north as Yeppoon in the way of grants for hospitals along with supplies for local carers.

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"We've had over a 1,000 people come to us to help where they can," she said.

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"Wildlife carers have stipulated exactly the supplies they need but we also want to help the carers themselves to keep them going over the next few weeks.

"The carers are vital to helping get the animals back on their feet."

She said small notes of support to their social media channels and in the post had helped people.

"We've loved receiving drawings from little kids and we have a whole wall of notes saying thank you," Ms Blums said.

"It gives us the strength to go a few more hours."

Moving forward the group plans to support carers on the ground once the fires calm down.

"Once the fires stop that's when things get messier for the wildlife hospital and carers," Ms Blums said.

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