Yet Against All Odds, Life Is Returning To Australian Bushlands That Were Devastated By Wildfires

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The Australian wildfires started in July 2019. Since the beginning of the fires, around 17 million acres of land, or more, have burned, 2,000 homes have been destroyed, and 26 people have died. Furthermore, the experts say that over one billion animals, most of them can be found only in Australia, were burnt in the fires.

Moreover, besides the fact that most flora and fauna have died, some of them have experienced a resurrection.

Cyn Bodycote, on her Instagram account, showed the regrowth of some of the vegetation, because she visited the places affected by the fires. She explains, when she took the photos, amazement was the feeling that she felt, but also sadness for the lost.

A blackened eucalyptus tree shows its capacity for regeneration.
Eucalyptus leaves are a staple of koala diets. Jeff Dowsing/Getty Images

More than a third of the koala population was burnt in the fires, those that survived are recovering. The koalas are recovering in the treatment centers. Besides, in the picture, you can see a koala that is being rehabilitated at Taronga Zoo in Sydney. The koala on the picture originates from the Blue Mountains. While the fires were damaging their homes, it escaped, and it is recovering now.

Koalas saved from the bushfires recover in treatment centers.
Many koalas saved from the bushfires are recovering in treatment centers. Cole Bennetts:The Sydney Morning Herald/Getty Images

Furthermore, in the picture below, you can see how kangaroo is returning to its home on the Australian Kangaroo Island.

A kangaroo returns to his burnt home.
A kangaroo returns to his burned home on Kangaroo Island. Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

Kangaroo Island was affected by the wildfires, and it was damaged. That is the third largest island in Australia. But, the worst day was January 4, when the bushfires started with the damaging process of this beautiful island. Sam Mitchell runs this place, and he stayed with the animals when the wildfires arrived.

Sam Mitchell speaks for BBC:

“We decided that if we can’t move them, we’ll see if we can save them. We had the army helping us. Somehow, we were spared. It burnt right around us.”

A baby kangaroo is happy to have survived.
A baby kangaroo is happy to have survived. Safeed Khan/Getty Images
A wallaby stands with her joey.
Wallabies are marsupials like kangaroos. Capstoc/Getty Images

The Wildlife centers were the crucial thing that saved so many animals, and for their recovery.

Conservationists work with young orphaned kangaroos.
Volunteers are making all the difference for the continent’s wildlife. Saeed Khan/Getty Images

The volunteers were working tirelessly, and because of them, so many animals survived and are recovering from the fires. Also, nowadays, when the fires are stabilized, a rescue crew is searching for survived animals near the Cann River, Australia.

The disaster that affected Australia will experience a resurrection period, thanks to the government, too, because they created a National Bushfire Recovery Fund. The fund had an initial $2 billion, and the agency will help with the rebuilding efforts right after the wildfires.

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