Soldiers in the 16th Regiment Emergency Support Force are using their time off from fighting fires to help native wildlife. During their latest break from fighting fires alongside Australian and volunteer firefighters from all over, the Emergency Support Force visited the Cleland Wildlife Park to assist in feeding koalas displaced by the rampant fires in Southern Australia. The men and women of the 16th Regiment helped nurse injured and homeless koalas back to health by administering nutrients via a food puree in syringes.
"Supporting our furry friends during feeding time and by building climbing mounts inside the park. A great morale boost for our hard working team in the Adelaide Hills."
After their rest and volunteer work at Cleland Wildlife Park, it was back to business as usual. They went back to the frontlines to battle the fires that have devastated the island country for weeks. It's estimated that 1 billion animals have perished in the Australian bushfires and they know the best way to protect the people and animals affected by this tragedy is to extinguish those flames. Even still, many biologists fear that the fate of koalas in the wild may end in extinction.
Yet another large heatwave has hit the eastern and southern coasts of Australia recently, which is concerning to firefighters and officials who fear that more fires may be on the way. The New South Wales government has announced an official scientific inquiry into the effects of man-made climate change and the possible correlation between climate change and the recent bushfires. Don't lose hope yet. With these brave men and women on the side of the unique animals that live in Australia, they have a fighting chance.
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