According to the Red List of Threatened Species Koalas are endangered, but the species is more affected by wildfires. Due to the wildfire on the east coast of Australia 2.5 million acres have been burnt. A recent act of bravery gave the country the confidence to fight the fire. Upon spotting a Koala fleeing the fire in New South Wales, a local woman named Toni raced to rescue the Koala, covering it in her jacket and pouring water over it.
She said she was planning to take the hurt Koala to nearby Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, a hospital that will take care of up to 15 injured Koalas.
Koalas are vulnerable to fire as they naturally cling to the tops of the trees, right into the sun.
Even if they withstand the flames, once they come back down, they still need to move through the scorched ground.
“This male koala who was so disorientated by the flames and unfortunately was burnt further as he headed back into the active fire. He has been called Ellenborough Lewis. He has been treated and is now in the five-star accommodation at the Koala Hospital”, stated the doctors from Koala Hospital Port Macquarie