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**02-12-09 Current Press Releases state up to 1 Million Animals have parrished in the Bushfires. Those who survived, now are in dire need of Food & Medical Treatment.
More than 400,000 hectres have so far been razed in fires across the state, destroying more than 1033 properties and killing at least 181 people.
Fears remain the death toll could reach 300.
Just 18km of almost inaccessible forest now separates the Kinglake fire complex and the major fire front still burning out of control in Bunyip National Park.
Northerly gusts are all that is needed to create the scenario that fire officers in the area dread most.
CFA deputy chief fire officer Steve Warrington said there were genuine concerns that warmer weather conditions could bring the two blazes together.
"If the humidity drops with a dry wind it will create the conditions we are seriously concerned about,'' Mr. Warrington said.
"The concern is quite obvious particularly when we go round to a northerly wind that the two fires could potentially join. I say potentially, we are doing a lot of work to ensure this does not occur.
Marysville was being identified as a potential "Ground Zero" for the firestorm, with authorities fearing up to 100 of its population of 519 had died. The force of the fires was likened to that of 500 atomic bombs.
|Wildlife Victoria Inc : |
Wildlife Victoria Urgent Bushfire Appeal 2009
The current fire situation has left its devastation on our wildlife including the loss of at least two wildlife shelters to the fires. Wildlife Victoria are trying to ascertain the safety of other shelters in the fire areas and to offer support and help with evacuation of animals already in their care if they need it. Donations desperately needed to help save the animals, to donate to the bush fire appeal.
|Animal Aid : |
Bushfire Appeal - Domestic Pet Rescue
We are providing a safe haven for any domestic pets affected by the Victorian bushfire disaster.
|Wildlife Rescue and Protection Inc (WRAP) : |
Wildlife Bushfire Rescue Appeal
To help us to continue to provide a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation program to aid sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife.
|RSPCA Victoria : |
RSPCA's Emergency Bushfire Appeal
RSPCA Shelters and Inspectors have been working around the clock to provide emergency assistance to animals effected by the bushfires.
Please donate to support our staff and volunteers at the front-line caring for animals affected by the bush fires.
|The Lost Dog's Home : |
Four-legged Bushfire Victims Appeal
The human death toll from the weekend's ferocious bushfires continues to rise. Alongside the human tragedy and suffering, Victoria's animal population has been devastatingly affected by the bushfires. The impact on pets, livestock and wildlife is not yet fully known and won't be revealed until traumatised and injured animals emerge from the blackened landscape seeking water and food. Animal welfare authorities are working hard to rescue and provide treatment to injured and lost animals in and around the bushfire affected areas.
|The AAPS (Australian Animal Protection Society)|
The AAPS is an animal shelter located at 10 Homeleigh Road, Keysborough, 3173, Victoria, Australia
ph (03)9798-8415 or (03)9798-8044
AAPS has donated over 700 litres of Saline, as well as dog & cat food packs. We have also donated blankets, towels, bedding & food bowels directly to those in need. So far. Can you help?
There has been a heart warming response to our appeal for supplies. Thank you everyone who has contributed so generously so far. Animal Aid staff (who live in the affected areas) have established a staging post for injured animals working with the Kinglake Vet. We have started moving supplies into the affected areas as we get access. Today Yarra Ranges animal management officers (AMO) took supplies from Animal Aid escorted by police into Kinglake, City of Maroondah AMO's took supplies into Yarra Glen and Healesville.
Supplies still needed include:
We are running a database of people who are offering emergency accommodation and other assistance.
Contact us on 03 9739 0300
|Now for the heartwarming story of 'SAM' the rescue Koala|
Koala rescued from Australia's wildfire wasteland
By ROHAN SULLIVAN
SYDNEY (AP) — It was a chance encounter in the charred landscape of Australia's deadly wildfires: A koala sips water from a bottle offered by a firefighter. David Tree noticed the koala moving gingerly on scorched paws as his fire patrol passed. Clearly in pain, the animal stopped when it saw Tree.
"It was amazing, he turned around, sat on his bum and sort of looked at me with (a look) like, put me out of my misery," Tree told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "I yelled out for a bottle of water. I unscrewed the bottle, tipped it up on his lips and he just took it naturally.
"He kept reaching for the bottle, almost like a baby."
The team called animal welfare officers to pick up the koala Sunday, the day after deadly firestorms swept southern Victoria state.
"I love nature, and I've handled koalas before. They're not the friendliest things, but I wanted to help him," Tree said.
Often mistakenly called koala bears because they resemble a child's teddy bear, the marsupial is actually a rather grumpy creature with a loud growl. It rarely comes down from the trees and doesn't like walking.
Koalas are especially vulnerable to wildfires because they move slowly on the ground.
The wildfires cut through parks and forests and sent countless wombats and other native species fleeing. One resident reported seeing kangaroos bouncing down the road with flames at their backs.
The fires also razed farmland, killing or panicking sheep and cattle. Television footage showed cows running down the main street of a smoke-filled town.
A count of the animals killed has not been made.
Tree said he found the koala in a burned-out forest near Mirboo North, about 90 miles (150 kilometers) east of Melbourne, Victoria's capital.
Koalas normally drink almost no water because they get almost all their fluids from the leaves they eat.
After the scorched koala sipped from the water bottle and Tree's crew moved on, animal welfare officials came by.
The koala was in pain but recovering with antibiotics, Jenny Shaw of the Mountain Ash Wildlife Shelter told Melbourne's The Herald Sun newspaper.
"She is lovely — very docile — and she has already got an admirer. A male koala keeps putting his arms around her," Shaw was quoted as saying. "It will be a long road to recovery, but she should be able to be released back into the wild in about five months."
The Royal Society for the Protection of Animals said it was establishing shelters to care for thousands of pets and livestock affected by the fires.
Despite her gender, the now famous koala is nicknamed Sam.