Australia Koala hospital raises more than $1million to help suffering animals injured in terrifying bushfires raging across Australia

06:10  22 november  2019
06:10  22 november  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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A koala hospital has raised more than $1million to help animals hurt in bushfires.

The campaign launched by Port Macquarie Koala Hospital aimed to raise money to buy automatic drinking stations for animals living in areas devastated by fires.

The initial fundraising goal was $25,000, but $1.146million has now been raised from more than 25,500 donations.

About 350 have died in the bushfires raging in New South Wales and Queensland.

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The hospital and National Parks and Wildlife Service crew leaders spent weeks searching for koalas in the Port Macquarie area devastated by bushfires.  

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To date, 31 koalas had been brought into the hospital from several fire grounds. 

Once admitted, the koala's are re-hydrated and on the next day, they are examined for burns which are treated with cream before they are bandaged. 

The dressings are changed every three days.  

Witnessing the damage caused by the fires, the hospital wanted to create new drinking stations in affected areas and a water-carrying vehicle to replenish them.  

'The number of drinking stations being built has now been increased and they will be shared with other wildlife organisations in fire-affected regions across New South Wales,' the hospital wrote on GoFundMe. 

'Two are being built for dispatch to the northern rivers fire area next week.'

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Donations started to pour in after Toni Doherty was recorded running into an out-of-control bushfire in the New South Wales town of Long Flat to save the injured marsupial, named Ellenborough Lewis.

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Footage showed the koala, who had patches of fur missing, running close to the fires before Mrs Doherty poured bottles of water onto him and wrapped him up in a blanket.

'It was vulnerable, all I could think to do was to try and rescue him,' she told Channel Nine's Today.

'We just jumped out and I knew I needed to put something around him as I ran to the tree so I just took off my shirt and covered him with it and tried to get him out of the fire.'

Mrs Doherty said she could feel the heat radiating off Lewis as he screamed in pain.

The organisers of the GoFundMe page posted an update on Friday and said they were blown away by the support from the public after their fundraising goal exceeded $1million. 

'We are overwhelmed and humbled with gratitude for the support and care shown by people from all over the world for our efforts to care for koalas now and to try to ensure that we still have koalas for generations to come,' the hospital said.   

The extra money will be directed to building a 'Koala Ark,' which will allow the surviving koalas to be accommodated in a healthy habitat. 

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'Hopefully, these koalas will breed and a new population of koalas will be established for return to the wild.' 

They said the 'generous donations' will also benefit other wildlife affected in burnt areas. 

'Your kind donations make a massive difference in helping us to continue to look after these amazing creatures.' 

As of Thursday, more than 50 fires are burning in NSW with total fire bans in several regions including the Illawarra and Shoalhaven.

About 70 fires are burning across Queensland with no end in sight to the crisis.

Meanwhile, Victoria has a total fire ban in place across the state and has declared Code Red conditions.

Anyone who finds an injured animal is urged to seek immediate action and take them to a vet.

At Microsoft News Australia we've partnered with the giving platform Benevity to raise funds for Australian Red Cross, St Vincent De Paul Society and The Salvation Army; these organisations are helping communities across the country devastated by bushfires. You can help these organisations by donating here and for the latest news and RFS links visit Bushfire emergency.

Koala mother Ainslee and her joey Rupert who won hearts around the world when they were found huddled together amid raging bushfires are set to be released back into the wild .
Mother koala Ainslee was found cradling her joey Rupert in out-of-control bushfires in Canungra in September.Mother koala Ainslee was found cradling her joey Rupert as out-of-control blazes destroyed their habitat in Canungra in September.

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