[IMAGES] dozens of koalas being treated in a field hospital on the island, Kangaroo

Installed in transport crates for cats, nestled in laundry sneakers gold clinging to caregivers, dozens of koalas injured coming in every day to the veterinary clinic of campaign installed in a zoological reserve on the island Kangaroo, south of Australia.


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Victims of the fire, they are so many in need of emergency care that the caregivers do not even have the time to give them names: they are simply designated by a number.


Among them, Koala number 64, who suffers from burns to all four paws.



[EN IMAGES] Des dizaines de koalas soignés dans un hôpital de campagne sur l’île Kangourou


In the reserve of the Kangaroo Iceland Wildlife Park, lying on an operating table in a tent which is full of activities, he was placed under sedation in order to be examined and treated.



[EN IMAGES] Des dizaines de koalas soignés dans un hôpital de campagne sur l’île Kangourou


“It heals well,” says the veterinarian, Peter Hutchison, explaining that the koala is under treatment for several days.


Not all of them have had this chance. When their injuries are too severe, there is no other choice than euthanasia.


According to Steven Selwood, head of the team of emergency veterinarians in Southern Australia within the clinic, the island counted approximately 46 000 koalas on the island before the fire.



[EN IMAGES] Des dizaines de koalas soignés dans un hôpital de campagne sur l’île Kangourou


It would only 9000, advance, Mr. Selwood, a figure that is ” pretty devastating “.


“Here, fires were particularly fierce and spread quickly, which is why we see a lot less wounded animals that elsewhere,” he told AFP, before adding: “A large part of the fauna has been incinerated “.



[EN IMAGES] Des dizaines de koalas soignés dans un hôpital de campagne sur l’île Kangourou


The australian flora and fauna, which are species unique in the world, have been hit hard by the roaring fires that have started in September. According to estimates, a billion animals have been killed.


The minister of the australian Environment Sussan Ley has warned that in some areas, koalas, should be classified under endangered species.



[EN IMAGES] Des dizaines de koalas soignés dans un hôpital de campagne sur l’île Kangourou


The koalas on the island, Kangaroo and have the distinction of being “free from infection” and, as such, constituted a form of “insurance” for the future of the species. A point all the more crucial that a large part of the population of koalas on the island-continent has been decimated.



[EN IMAGES] Des dizaines de koalas soignés dans un hôpital de campagne sur l’île Kangourou


In addition, nearly half of the island Kangaroo has been razed to the ground by the fire, and it is estimated that 80 % of the habitat of koalas has been destroyed. And the care-givers wonder what to be done with the animals once recovered.


But for the time being, this question happens only in the second plan, the emergency is left to the veterinarians, who do not count the overtime, to save more animals.



[EN IMAGES] Des dizaines de koalas soignés dans un hôpital de campagne sur l’île Kangourou


Koala number 64 ” is going to need an extra week to recover and after that, it will have to be put in a cage “, informed Mr. Hutchinson, by wrapping a bandage pink around her paw.



[EN IMAGES] Des dizaines de koalas soignés dans un hôpital de campagne sur l’île Kangourou


Because ” the outside “, he says, ” there is no place where he can go back to the moment.”

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