More terrible news . . . with no end in sight.neverfail wrote: ↑Sat Dec 28, 2019 1:15 pmAbsolutely right Jim. Koalas in particular are slow moving and tree dwelling. Whenever a blaze comes through they cannot escape by walking across the ground.Jim the Moron wrote: ↑Sat Dec 28, 2019 4:32 amWildfires in Australia
https://channelnewsasia.com/news/world/ ... s-12216946
Terrible fires in NSW and elsewhere. The world watches - and similar fires do damage worldwide. Huge human costs - lives and property.
And wildlife suffers . . . In Australia mobile critters like 'roos and wallabies probably can escape the flames. But there must be many less mobile marsupials, some endangered, that will perish.
For me, the photo of the year (in linked article) is the kind Aussie biker giving water to the thirsty koala.
Their habitat is restricted to this country's eastern maritime rim: the rainiest part and as a consequence the part with over 90% of the continent's forest cover. That is the part that is currently ablaze with bushfires.
Several years ago I had a short holiday break with family and friends at a coastal town called Port Macquarie about 350 kilometers up the coast. I was amazed at the number of roadside signs I saw up there, even within the town's suburbs, warning motorists to be on the lookout as koalas cross the road at night. A few weeks ago the forested region around Port Macquarie was hard hit by fire and it is feared that many of the local koalas have been lost. There is an active veterinary hospital in the town now struggling to heal and rehabilitate the number of burnt koalas that have been brought in to them for treatment.
"Half a billion animals have been killed"
https://inews.co.uk/news/world/australi ... st-1353991