Wednesday Creature Feature ~ January 7, 2020

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!

Australia Fires Kill Half a Billion Animals as Crisis Mounts!

It has already been a devastating new year for animals. Fires have been raging all across Australia. So far the fires have killed HALF A BILLION animals. That number is hard for us to fathom. This number has included birds, mammals, and reptiles. According to ecologists the number is actually a lot higher than that and will probably keep rising.

“Many of the affected animals are likely to have been killed directly by the fires, with others succumbing later due to the depletion of food and shelter resources and predation from introduced feral cats and red foxes,” the University of Sydney ecologists said in a statement on Friday.

Australia’s koala population has already been declining but they have estimated that approximately 8,000 more have been killed in these fires. Many animal rescues and Australia Zoo are trying to help as many of these animals as humanely possible but it is tough. If you are looking to donate and find out more please click here.

Queen Hind: Rescuers Race to save 14,000 Sheep on Capsized Cargo Ship!

At the end of 2019 rescuers were racing to try and save thousands of sheep after a large cargo ship had capsized. This whole operation included military, coast guard, police, firefighters, and divers. Around 32 sheep were found swimming nearby but it is believed many may have died as thousands more were trapped.

It is not yet known what caused the ship, which was bound for Saudi Arabia, to capsize. An investigation will be carried out when the operation to rescue any surviving sheep and salvage the vessel is concluded, authorities say.

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Bindi Swims with a Whale Shark! 

 

 

 

 

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Editor ~ Chelsea Dugger

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