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Australian firefighters forgo rest, nurse koalas who lost their home

November 21st, 2020

Finding it in your heart to help is definitely something to be proud of.

Even before 2020 started, Australia already experienced a wildfire that caused damage that affected New South Wales and North-East Victoria.

It was everywhere in the news, and news authorities call it “a fire unlike anything we’ve seen before,” and if you have been following this story, then you’d agree.

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Australian Army / YouTube Screenshot Source: Australian Army / YouTube Screenshot

The aftermath of the string of wildfires that burned millions of acres was devastating.

With the help of all those courageous men and women who volunteered, they were able to save what they can, including the precious wild animals of Australia.

There had been many stories of heroism from these people but there is this one story that went viral. It’s all about the 3000 reserve soldiers who were called upon to help their country.

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Australian Army / YouTube Screenshot Source: Australian Army / YouTube Screenshot

Everyone helped, and they worked tirelessly for hours and days.

When they were done with the fire, they didn’t rest yet. Instead, they volunteered to help all those who needed assistance.

Koalas were just some of the animals that were gravely affected by the wildfire. Many died, their homes destroyed, and many babies were left without their mothers.

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The photos of some of these soldiers who were dedicating their time to help these Koalas went viral. The Facebook post from 9th Brigade – Australian Army got 25K reactions and more than 44K shares.

These heroes decided to stay behind and help with the rehabilitation of the Koalas.

The photos tell a story, something beautiful amidst the sad aftermath of the wildfire.

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9th Brigade - Australian Army / Facebook Photo Source: 9th Brigade - Australian Army / Facebook Photo

The photos showed love, care, and sacrifice.

You can clearly see how each soldier held a Koala as if holding a newborn baby. They were bottle-feeding them, and you can clearly see how loving they were, even staring at the beautiful creatures while they nurse.

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9th Brigade - Australian Army / Facebook Photo Source: 9th Brigade - Australian Army / Facebook Photo

These animals were hurt, suffering from burns, shock, and sadness brought to them by the tragedy. But with the help of these soldiers, they were able to calm down, feed, and recover.

It was the soldiers from the 16th Regiment Emergency Support Force who chose to nurse and care for the beautiful Koalas.

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9th Brigade - Australian Army / Facebook Photo Source: 9th Brigade - Australian Army / Facebook Photo

“16 Regiment Emergency Support Force have been using their rest periods to lend a helping hand at the Cleland Wildlife Park , supporting our furry friends during feeding time and by building climbing mounts inside the park. A great morale boost for our hardworking team in the Adelaide Hills,” 9th Brigade – Australian Army’s Facebook caption reads.

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While some of the troops focused on caring for the adorable Koalas, the other dedicated soldiers were busy building new mounts in the wildlife park.

This is to ensure that the Koalas that recover will still have something to climb on.

It’s because Koalas mostly spend their time in their trees, but since their habitat was almost destroyed, the people helping them can only do so much as to provide climbing mounts for them.

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9th Brigade - Australian Army / Facebook Photo Source: 9th Brigade - Australian Army / Facebook Photo

Garnett Hall, a vet at the West Coast Veterinary Hospital shares little information about the Koalas.

“The most challenging part is reducing stress and pain,” Garnett Hall told in an interview with Bored Panda. “Many of these koalas have extensive burns, which would be incredibly painful. On top of that, they are scared, their homes have been destroyed, their friends are likely all dead, and they’ve been taken to a strange place for treatment. We do our best to give them appropriate pain relief and sedation, but cleaning and dressing their burns is still a difficult thing.”

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The helpful troops didn’t stop there. In fact, they also visited the famous Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park. They also offered their assistance to the sick and injured animals.

What an amazing group of people!

They don’t just fight for their country. They are also very dedicated to making sure that everyone is safe – even animals.

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Australian Army / YouTube Screenshot Source: Australian Army / YouTube Screenshot

People also posted comments about wanting to go to Australia to help as well. However, due to the pandemic, these plans were canceled.

They also commended how these people should be called heroes for their kind hearts and dedication to their work.

See these heroes nurse the koalas back to health in the video below.

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Source: Australian Army, 9th Brigade – Australian Army, Bored Panda

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