Teens Fill Car With Koalas To Save Them From Bushfires
The video will restore your faith in humanity.
With bushfires still spreading rapidly in Australia, everyone is pitching in however they can to help out.
One of the places that has been hit hard by the fires is Kangaroo Island, an area known as the Galapagos Islands of Australia because of its large population of wildlife and rich biodiversity.
Around half of Kangaroo Island has been destroyed by the fires and countless animals have died. That's why, when 19-year-old Micah and 18-year-old Caleb came across a group of injured koalas while driving around the island, they rescued as many as they could fit in their car.
The teens' cousin later posted a video to Reddit with the caption: "Amid the terrible bushfires in Australia, my cousins went out and saved as many koalas as they could. Good on 'em."
Micah and Caleb didn't want to take the koalas from the island, so they agreed to look after them once they got them to safety. They saved around 20 koalas in total, including six orphans and two mothers with babies.
In the video you can hear one of the young men say, “We are just trying to collect as many live ones as we can."
The teens couldn't take all of the koalas, so they focused on rescuing the ones that were visibly injured and left those that were still active and able to fend for themselves.
Sam Mitchell, co-owner of the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, said that over 50 injured koalas have been brought in since the fires started. Sadly, most of them had to be euthanized because their injuries were so severe.
'We are seeing many burns to hands and feet – fingernails melted off," he told Metro UK . “For some, the burns are just too extreme."
With so much devastation it's heartening to hear positive stories about people pitching in and doing good things to help others. Thanks to Micah and Caleb, at least a few animals have been saved. Kudos to them for stepping up to #StartSomethingGood .
If you would like to help the wildlife that has been devastated by the Australian bushfires you can donate to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital , which has raised over 2 million dollars to install automatic drinking stations to areas affected by the fires. The hospital is also actively working to establish breeding areas to help replenish the koala population.
You can also 'Adopt a Koala' by making a monthly donation to the World Wildlife Federation.