Hundreds of injured, orphaned animals rescued by the Irwins amid bushfire crisis

Jan 07, 2020
Possums, flying foxes and more are being cared for at Australia Zoo. Source: Getty.

The world’s eyes are firmly on Australia as devastating bushfires continue to rage across much of the country, having so far claimed 25 lives, destroyed thousands of homes and killed millions of local animals.

As the fires continue to burn though, people across the country are doing everything they can to protect Australia’s diverse wildlife, including the most famous wildlife warriors of all, the Irwin family.

Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin – the family of the late, great Steve Irwin – revealed they have so far taken in hundreds of injured or orphaned animals amid the ongoing bushfire crisis, with the critters being cared for at the world famous Australia Zoo campus in Beerwah, Queensland.

From fruit bats to platypus, koalas and kangaroos, Steve’s son Robert said the team at the zoo are doing their best to treat every animal they are able to.

“Some of the orphans are now being cared for by the team at the hospital until they’re big enough to go home and there’s no threat of fire,” she wrote. “Flying foxes are now being drastically affected by wildfires and we’re again seeing an influx of these beautiful animals from across the country.”

The zoo’s wildlife hospital has also treated more than 100 bats, who had to be evacuated from facilities across New South Wales as a result of the fires.

Bindi added: “Over 600 bats were transported from caring facilities evacuated in New South Wales due to fire. Our Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital has treated over 100 of these beautiful little souls.”

Impressively, the zoo’s wildlife hospital, which visitors can tour, has now treated more than 90,000 patients since it was opened in 2004 by the Crocodile Hunter, who dedicated the space to the memory of his late mother Lyn Irwin.

Robert, 16, recently shared a sweet image of the 90,000th patient on his Instagram account – a young platypus named ‘Ollie’.

Alongside the photo, the keen photographer wrote: “This is patient number 90,000 that the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital has treated. ‘Ollie’ the orphaned platypus is receiving round the clock care until he can be released back to the wild.

“Over the last 16 years, the hospital has provided 24/7 wildlife rehabilitation and an incredible animal rescue service. We’re so proud of this world-class facility! Thank you for your support – with pressures from drought to bushfires, wildlife need our help now more than ever.”

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