With all those heart-breaking stories amid the catastrophic bushfires in Australia, when a tale like this airs is nothing but hope-giving. And the incredible story of Keli, a tiny koala rescued from the Australia’s inferno is all about hope.
When a group of volunteers found him on September 8, in New South Wales, the poor little creature was almost gone. Weighing around 10 ounces, his condition was critical. He was immediately taken to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital and everyone feared for its life as the survival chances were extremely low. But the little one proved to be a fighter and against all the odds he made an amazing recovery.
A couple of month after, the hospital released some images with Keli’s incredible transformation. More than that, the adorable animals is ready to get back in the wild. In a Facebook post, the hospital wrote:
“Just a brighter moment – in all the tragedy in Australia at the moment we wanted to share something good. Look at Keli today, a whopping 1 kg (2,2lbs) in weight, the fungal infection has gone and all his fur is regrowing. It’s still early days yet, we will get very excited when he makes 2.5kg (5,5lbs),” the post reads. “And it’s time for him to come into the ‘dehumanizing trees ‘ in preparation for release back to the wild. Release will not happen until the cooler months, and thankfully there is still some good habitat left in selected locations.”
The situation in Australia is dramatic as more than 480 million animals have perished since Semtember, when the devastating bushfires started. Entire species dissapeared for good and ecosystems shaken from the botton as the effects on the country’s biodiversity are irreversible.
Skies turned bright red on the beach in southeast Australia on Sunday as deadly bushfires continue to burn.
— ABC News (@ABC) January 6, 2020
“Some things probably won’t come back. It’s nearly half a billion native animals,” Chris Dickman, professor of ecology at the University of Sydney, told Daily Mail Australia. “Almost certainly, a lot of koalas would have been [affected] directly by the flames and probably indirectly by a combination of starvation, being picked off by dogs, even for the ones that survived.”
Dozens of footages showing desperate koalas asking for help have emerged on social media. Some of them are completely hearbreaking!
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