2,000kg Of Veg Dropped By Planes To Feed Australian Animals Starved By Fire
Over 2,000kg of vegetables have been dropped from planes to feed animals affected by the ongoing fire crisis in Australia.
The rescue effort — which has been called “Operation Rock Wallaby” — has distributed carrots and sweet potatoes supplied by The New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Services.
The hope is that the food will specifically help to sustain the country’s marsupial population of rock-wallabies.
“The wallabies typically survive the fire itself, but are then left stranded with limited natural food as the fire takes out the vegetation around their rocky habitat” explained Matt Kean, Environment Minister for New South Wales.
He added that the animals “were already under stress from the ongoing drought, making survival challenging for the wallabies without assistance.”
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Australian Animals In Crisis
Experts have predicted that more than one billion animals will have been killed already by the fires, which are still blazing in parts of the country.
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) estimates that 1.25 billion animals have died “either directly or indirectly.”
“This heart-breaking loss includes thousands of precious koalas on the mid-north coast of NSW, along with other iconic species such as kangaroos, wallabies, gliders, potoroos, cockatoos and honeyeaters” said Dermot O’Gorman, the CEO of WWF-Australia.
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Tags: animal deaths, Animals, Australia, fire crisis, marsupial, rock-wallabies, World Wildlife Fund, WWF