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Recently, Australian wildfires continue to rage, threatening the living environment of the "national treasure" koala. A new South Wales couple rescued 24 koalas injured in the fire. Australian media paid attention to their warm-hearted actions.
Paul and Christian McLeod, a couple living in New South Wales, have been operating a public welfare shelter in Taree since 1993, Australian News reported. At present, there are 24 rescued koalas living in the couple"s home.
In the couple"s home, plastic laundry baskets filled the lounge, in which the koalas lay to recuperate. Many of the koalas were badly burned in the area that was hit by the fire. The couple took good care of the "furry patients" and helped them clean up the ashes and apply the ointment.
On Sunday, an adult male koala arrived at the rescue center in a very bad condition. "This poor little fellow is going through the most painful ordeal," Mrs. McLeod told reporters. It"s severely burned - the hair is burned, the paws, nose and ears are burned. At that time, we gave it some sedatives and looked after its wounds. Now we are in the observation stage and it will take a long time to recover. "
At present, the state of New South Wales is in a state of emergency, 78 forest fires are raging, most areas are facing the threat of "catastrophic" fire, many of the wild koala"s natural habitats have been destroyed. The couple said the fire was unprecedented. "I"ve lived here for so many years, and I"ve never seen such a disaster before."
According to the assessment data, about 350 koalas were killed in the fire in the Port Macquarie area. Last weekend, rescuers found 16 injured koalas in the area and rushed them to hospital for treatment. Because of the wildfire, the McLeod and the rescued animals are facing challenges in the future. They hope that koala will be able to recover and return home. However, the great damage from the fire to koala"s habitat makes this hope very slim. (overseas.com - Li Meng intern editor - Hu Xiaolin)