Sam Mitchell, owner of Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, has set up an emergency triage area to treat koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and other animals burned and injured in the record-breaking wildfires.
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In a video by The Associated Press, Mitchell and his staff are seen tending to an animal that suffered burns on its fur and nose. Some animals sustained injuries so severe they had to be euthanized, Mitchell said in the video.
Another video by Reuters showed veterinarians treating koalas burned in the blazes. Veterinary officer Garnett Hall described one koala's injuries as being "like a very severe burn in a human who walked across hot coals."
"His coat's got a lot of smoke; it's slightly singed in places. His lungs have a bit of smoke damage to them as well," Hall said. "So, he's a very sick koala, but he's one that we do have hope for."
Hall said they have received about 60 wounded koalas and estimated that roughly 30,000 koalas have been killed or injured in the fires.
"There were infernos," he said. "It's amazing that some have survived but they have and we're going to do our best to get them back to full health and then ultimately back to the wild when they're ready."