Monday, December 28, 2015

Unconscious koala rescued from bushfire nursed back to health by firefighters and police

A lucky koala has been saved from a fiery death and nursed back to health by firefighters and police battling a bushfire along the coast of Victoria in Australia.

Country Fire Authority crews fighting the 2200-hectare Jamieson Track blaze near Lorne found the koala lying unconscious by the side of the road. They took the animal back to their station, before Victoria Police took over the koala's wellbeing.

Officers hand-fed her water and gum leaves until she felt better. She has since been nicknamed Constable K. Bear and is in good health. Wildlife Victoria's Amy Hidge says while it's still too early to say how many animals have died in the fire, people who come across an animal that "looks off" should call Wildlife Victoria.

YouTube link. Original Facebook video.

"We understand that at the moment looking for animals is a low priority, but at this stage we just need people to look out for bushfire-affected animals," she said. "Often, you can't see if the pads on their feet have been burnt or if they have smoke inhalation, so we're saying that if they look a bit off, they're probably bushfire affected."

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