Soldiers from the Australian Army are saving koalas. They are risking their lives to fight the onslaught of bushfires in the country. Photos and videos have surfaced of these brave men and women cradling and nursing these lovable creatures who have been threatened daily for months on end — with no end in sight.
The Brave & Compassionate Soldiers
The men and women from the South Australian and Tasmanian 16 Regiment Emergency Support Force visited Cleland Wildlife Park in South Australia recently.
Coming off from battling the blazes in the Adelaide Hills, they decided the park would make a good rest stop for them and the animals. For instance, it was a win-win when one soldier cradled and fed a recuperating koala, who latched onto his finger (like a human infant) to direct the food.
The entire event was a great morale boost for these hard-working teams of soldiers.
Concurrently, Scott Morrison, Australia’s Prime Minister, has called up 3,000 reserve soldiers to help with the firefighting and evacuation operations in Eastern Australia. Like other rescue squads, they have been working tirelessly for days on end.
A physical condition of the koala adds to their challenge for survival. These slow-moving creatures are often unable to escape the flames fast enough as the fires spread from treetop to treetop.
Australians, in general, are fearful the country's wildlife will be unable to fully recover as the fire season continues endlessly. Presently, as many as a billion animals are feared dead, experts have estimated.
Going Forward . . .
The troops were also tasked with improving the park's infrastructure. They prepared a new onsite grounds for the koalas to roam in. This included building sturdy mounts for the koalas, so they can easily climb the trees. as they would do in their now burnt-out habitats.
“It’s been really enjoyable to have private soldiers who were attached to the veteran team as drivers, but I actually have been using as veterinary assistants, and it’s been so helpful to have an extra set of hands to help hold animals and to let me treat their wounds. It’s been great and they’ve absolutely loved it,” explained Captain Garnett Hall in this video.
Primary Source: Daily Mail