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Rescued Koalas Named After Fallen Firefighters During Australia's Wildfire

Both heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. 

Three Snowy Mountain Koalas, who were rescued from the Australia wildfire crisis, have been named after American firefighters who were tragically killed in the region. 

Two Thumbs Wildlife Trust Koala Sanctuary have named the koalas, and the trio are now in the temporary care of Australian National University (ANU).

Dr Karen Ford, an ANU researcher and who is running the makeshift hospital at ANU, said in a university statement, "We have 11 koalas at ANU that have come in from the various fire grounds in the region.They just keep arriving. There is nowhere else that has the facilities to hold these animals or this many at the moment."

Ford also mentioned that a couple of the koalas are being treated for burns, while the others are "quite skinny" from malnutrition, due to their habitats being completely burnt. 

Koalas are known to breed so slowly that it could take 100 years for the population to rebuild — so saving just one is crucial. That is why the koalas have been a central focus of relief efforts as the blaze spreads across the region.

Story via CBS News

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Much needed heavy rains have finally come to put out the horrific Australia bushfires. However, as anyone who lives in an area that's often dealing with intense fires, once the rain comes -- it comes hard. Due to the fires burning away so much, there is nothing in the rains path to help block it from forming mudslides and flooding like no other. 

As a result, this rainfall has created flooding so bad, the Australian Reptile Park claims they haven't seen such a thing in over 15 years. And due to the waters reaching high level, Australia has essentially become a Disneyland playground for alligators. Australian Reptile Park have stationed keepers at their Alligator Lagoon to monitor the water levels, which were rising beyond the fence line. 

Here is some footage they captured out around the park. 

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Rescue Organization in Australia Celebrates The Small Wins By Publishing Photos Of Animals Rescued From The Fires

The Rescue Collective organization in Australia is going through some tough weeks since the devastating fires started in Australia. Yesterday, they posted a Survivor update: "it's been a tough week. So so so much loss. So much still to lose. Despite the heartache we are feeling as a country, we need to celebrate the small wins. Warm your heart with photos from some of the survivors you are supporting".  These people are our heroes! 

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Adorable Koala Escaped From Burning Trees In Australia And Was Saved by a Water Tanker Driver

 A water tanker driver in the fires zone in Australia got an unexpected cab mate who he called: "Ray of sunshine after nightmare"

Story via: Sydney Morning Herald

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Open Your Heart: Here's How You Can Help Australian Fire Wildlife Victims

The horrific brushfires in Southern Australia are still raging on — displacing thousands of people, wiping out millions of acres, destroying hundreds of homes and killing almost half a billion total mammals, birds and reptiles, since it sparked in September.
With strong winds and high temperatures expected to come in, officials are warning residents that they could create incredibly dangerous conditions — even worse than past weeks. 

With all these horrifying outcomes, you may be wondering how you can help. 

So here are some wildlife charities and organizations you can show your love and donate to during this devastating time.   


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Steve Irwin's Family Saved Over 90,000 Animals From Raging Australia Bushfires

We're positive Steve himself would be BEYOND proud of how hard his family is working to save the animals from this devastating fire in Australia. 

The fire in Australia has taken so much wildlife with it's destruction. However, not all hope is lost. Hope can be found in the Irwin name, where it can always be found. 

The legendary "Crocodile Hunter" has quite the incredible family who have dedicated their lives to continuing the family legacy as "wildlife warriors." And they are certainly living up to it. 

Thousands of Australians have been stepping up to save their land, whether that be volunteering to confront the waves of fire, donating to animal hospitals and charities, or working nonstop to mitigate the effects of the disaster. And among these incredible Australias is Bindi Irwin, Steve Irwin's daughter.

Story via TheMindUnleashed


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Woman Risks Her Life To Save Burnt Koala From The Australian Bushfire

Twitter is in tears after a video of a woman rescuing a badly burnt and wailing koala from a bushfire went viral. The koala was spotted crossing a road amongst the flames when a local woman, who told Nine News her name was Toni, rushed to the koala's aid, wrapping the animal in her shirt and pouring water over it. Toni then transported the injured koala to the nearby Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, a facility that is treating up to 15 affected koalas.   

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California Firefighters Rescued Ram, a Great Horned Owl, From Maria Fire

Some happier news to emerge from the blazes in California revolves around an injured great horned owl discovered by CAL FIRE in the ashes of the Maria Fire. Firefighters used a coat and took Ram to a wildlife rehabilitation group, where the bird will recover from its injuries.

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Woman Is Reunited With Cat During Live Interview

Oh, our hearts! The world got to see the emotional reunion on live television! 

Janet Dupris and Courtney Bergeron, owners of Angel's Pet Grooming, were waiting anxiously outside their burning business to find out if their pet cat and parrot had survived. 

"Unfortunately we have a cat and a bird in our shop, and we haven't heard," Dupris, told WWLTV. "They opened the door and the ceiling was coming down."

Kenner Fire Department, the heroes of the day,  walking out of the building with the white cat in his arms! And if that wasn't enough, moments later firefighters returned with the parrot!

Both animals were unharmed and have been reunited, shown in the videos below!

We love real-life happy endings, don't you?


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The Story of Hank Who Saved His Family And Their House

Hank's owner shared the story of how the dog barked up a storm, alerting him to a huge fire blazing in his backyard. This dog has come a long way from eating his owner's shoe...

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When Jose Guzman from Pala, California, found that a fire on his neighbor's property had spread to his house, he knew he had to do something in order to save his beloved pit bull, Gabanna. The pet lover knew his dog was trapped inside the home and refused to risk her life, even as firefighters warned him to stay out of the house. Luckily, Gabanna is a very smart dog. She had curled up under a toilet in the only room of the house that wasn't on fire:  "I ran through the curtain of fire and made my way through the smoke to the back of the house, where I had her chained up," Guzman told People. "It was hard for me to get her leash unhooked, but I managed to get her loose and we both ran out towards the driveway. That dog is part of my family. She's been with us through downs and ups and I couldn't leave her there. I would do it again if I had to; I would do it for anybody in my family." 

Now that his act of heroism has gone viral.    




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Dexter The Cat Reunited With His Family 102 Days After The California's Camp Fire

FieldHaven Feline Center in Lincoln helped bring Dexter back to his grateful family and shared this remarkable story. The center estimates there are at least 1000 cats still waiting to be reunited with their owners after the devastating wild fires in California few months ago.   



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Dog Miraculously Found Guarding Home Weeks After It Was Destroyed By Fire

Madison the Anatolian shepherd is breaking hearts around the world after he was found guarding his family home weeks after it was ravaged by California's Camp wildfire. 

The Anatolian shepherd's owner, Andrea Gaylord, was not able to get to her home in Paradise, Calif., when the fire began to spread Nov. 8, meaning Madison was left behind. When the evacuation order was lifted last week and Gaylord went back to the property — which had been decimated by the fire — her prayers were answered: Madison was there, seemingly protecting what little remained of his family's home. When Madison's owner, Andrea Gaylord, found the dog patiently waiting she told him, "you are the best dog. The best."

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Burned Animals From California's Camp Fire Are Being Treated With Fish Skin

Veterinarians at the University of California Davis are using tilapia fish skins to help treat cats and dogs. This is the first time the experimental approach has been used on the animals, according to the school.

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Firefighter Rescues Cat From Fire In Paradise, California, Creating An Everlasting Bond

That is one grateful kitty! Thank you again, firefighters! You all are the embodiment of a true hero. The devasting fires that overtook California have consumed more than 149,000 acres and have left more than one thousand animals at emergency shelters. If you wish to help out, please head over to www.nvadg.org/donate, and donate what you can. 

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