Australian Soldiers Are Life-Savers to the Koalas of the Country

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Koala’s Destroyed in Fires

The 9th Brigade of the Australian Army has recently gone out of their way to help the thousands of injured koalas suffering from the fires in Australia. When the men and women have time, they are bottle-feeding the koalas at the Cleland Wildlife Park while showing the delightful little animals love and care. The Brigade is also building climbing structures at the park so the animals can get exercise and strengthen their bodies.

Thousands of Koalas Need Help

The soldiers are helping to nurse the koalas back to health. Presently there are tens of thousands of the animals which were taken to wildlife centers suffering from severe burns from the fires in Australia. Chaplain Michelle Philip said, “It is nice to be doing something that is life-giving when you have so much destruction.”

Koalas Suffer Major Losses

Authorities estimate that nearly half of the koala population in the country have perished in the fires. Unfortunately, these little animals are particularly vulnerable since they are slow-moving, which prevented many of them from being able to escape the deadly flames. The Cleland Wildlife Park, where many of the koalas were taken, also suffered a significant loss, with nearly 50 percent of the island’s vegetation left charred.

Soldiers Are Attentive To The Koalas

The soldiers have seemed very attentive and content as they help save their furry friends. They can often be seen cuddling the koalas they have wrapped in blankets. Some of the small animals can be seen with creations made to protect their paws. Knitters, from around the world, have donated knitted materials to cover parts of their body which have been burned. The Australian Army wrote, “The time spent at Cleland Wildlife Park was a great morale boost for our hard-working team in the Adelaide Hills.” A number of the soldiers, caring for the koalas, have had a chance to recharge. Many of them requested “koala time.”

The Brigade Continues To Help

Helping the koalas is just a part of the soldiers assisting in the community. They are also clearing away the burnt debris. Hosting community benefits, offering emotional support to those Australians affected by the devastation, and cleaning up residential properties are other areas of assistance provided by the men and women. It is reported that the soldiers are finding their support to be very meaningful as they assist members in the community, as well as help the koala population to recover from the devastation.