Ley calls on koala experts post bushfires
Koala experts will meet in Brisbane this week to discuss how to help the native animal, which has been devastated by recent bushfires in NSW and Queensland. Koala experts will meet in Brisbane to map out a way to help the native animal, which has been devastated by bushfires in Queensland and NSW. Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley said the experts - who are meeting on Thursday - will have $3 million to spend on restoring koala habitats.
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 . Two koalas seen huddling together in a bushfire are set to go back into the wild .
Tragedy as Lewis - the koala who won hearts around the world after he was rescued from a bushfire by a topless hero - has to be put down A koala who was rescued by a topless grandmother during the New South Wales bushfires has been put to sleep because his injuries were 'too serious
A koala and her joey who were pictured huddled together during a raging bushfire in south-east Queensland are set to be released back into the wild.
Mother koala Ainslee was found cradling her joey Rupert as out-of-control blazes destroyed their habitat in Canungra in September.
The nine-year-old mother was found sitting on a fallen tree, with Rupert sheltered underneath her as firefighters battled the surrounding blaze.
Koala hospital's GoFundMe campaign raises more than $1m in wake of bushfire devastation
An online fundraising appeal set up by a New South Wales koala hospital to rescue and rehabilitate marsupials devastated by bushfires raises more than $1 million, in what is believed to be one of the most successful GoFundMe campaigns in Australia.Port Macquarie Koala Hospital's had by Thursday night raised $1,078,000 on GoFundMe, eclipsing the initial stated target of $25,000.
In a bittersweet video posted by Port Stephens Koalas , a pair of adorable koala joeys named Morton and Scirocco were released back into the wild after. Morton and Scirocco have been released …These two gorgeous boys have been released together .
Lewis the koala , who captured hearts around the world after he was rescued from a bushfire , spent his final moments slowly eating eucalyptus leaves Koala Conservation Australia President Sue Ashton said the little man was so tired in his final hours that he could barely eat. 'We moved him into
Ainslee and Rupert were rescued and taken to RSPCA Queensland, with Ainslee's motherly protection leaving Rupert only suffering from smoke inhalation in the fires.
She suffered burnt paws and had singed hair all over her body, but after treatment from carers, the pair are ready to be released back into their habitat.
Carer Sam Longman told theAinslee was very protective of her joey.
Pictures: Bushfires leave devastating trail across NSW
'If he gets himself into a pickle and starts to yip, which is the koala equivalent of crying, she becomes quite alert and responsive,' Ms Longman said.
Ainslee's health was rated when she arrived at the RSPCA, and she has been given multivitamins and supplements throughout her stay to help with her healing.
Bear the koala-detecting dog saves lives, melts hearts
Bear the koala-detecting dog has been searching for koalas across bushfire-ravaged Queensland and NSW, while capturing the hearts of the nation in his little protective red socks. University of the Sunshine Coast Research Fellow Dr Romane Cristescu told Sky News that, usually, Bear helps researchers find koalas for research purposes. In the last week, Bear donned his little red socks for the ultimate 'good boy' purpose - to find koalas in bushland ruined by fires. Dr Cristescu said the marsupial-saving pooch was easy to train to locate koalas as he is highly motivated by play.
A koala named Lewis who was saved by a woman who wrapped him in her shirt near Port Macquarie had to be put down due to his burns on Tuesday. His heartbreaking story went viral online and sparked a campaign which has raised almost million from donors around the world . Workers at the Port
Harriet the koala miraculously survives being trampled by horses with only a broken jaw and leg After seven months of care, the lucky mother and her joey were released back into the wild . According to Return to the Wild 's Clare Gover, most farmers have no idea koalas are in danger on
Her paws have healed well, and her fur has started growing back.
Rupert has come out of his shell and become the larrikin of the koala pen, with the one-year-old often playing with other joeys, but still cuddles to sleep with his mother most nights.
A joey will normally leave their mother at 18 months.
The law requires koalas to be returned to within five kilometres from where they were rescued.
Ms Longman is worried for what the koalas will find on returning to their habitat after the fires.
'I think it's fantastic they will be released but scary at the same time. Where they came from, there's nothing left, she said.
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Over 2000 koalas feared dead in fires .
NSW parliament's upper house will hold an urgent hearing on the extent of damage to the koala population from the recent bushfires, with 2000 feared dead.The state parliament's upper house inquiry will hold an urgent hearing on Monday to discuss the extent of damage to the koala population from bushfires.