While it might be the dead of winter here in the U.S., on the other side of the world in Australia it is the middle of bushfire season. For the past week, south Australia has been ravaged by wildfires that have consumed over 30,888 acres of land. Firefighters have been working tirelessly to try and control the fires, but the massive blaze has already destroyed an enormous amount of forest, killing thousands of animals and leaving others without access to food or water.
The koala species has been particularly impacted by these fires which have destroyed the native habitat that belongs to 35 of the regions 143 koalas. Because koalas are tree dwelling species and move at a slow pace, those that do survive fires are often left with extremely painful paw burns.