We’ve done our best to cover the Australian bushfires and to raise awareness about this unprecedented disaster. And the thing that struck us most was just how much this horrible situation brought out the very best in some people. We can say with some certainty that Australia is full of heroes who don’t hesitate to rescue the endangered animals. It’s time to meet some of them.

Scroll down, upvote the stories that inspired you, and remember to share this post with your friends. When you’ve finished this article, have a read through Bored Panda’s previous posts about teens who drive around saving koalas, a dog that rescues koalas, and a dog that saved a flock of sheep from fire.

In case you want to support the Australian people, here are some recovery efforts and disaster relief organizations that you can donate to: the Red Cross, St Vincent de Paul Society, and the Trustee for NSW Rural Fire Service & Brigades Donations Fund. If you know of any other similar charities, please share some info about them in the comments.

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Teenagers Filling Their Car With Koalas To Save Them From The Flames

Teenagers Filling Their Car With Koalas To Save Them From The Flames

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Kim Lee
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10 months ago

So thankful for this young generation of heroes!

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Bear The Koala Detection Dog Saving Koalas During The Australian Bushfires

Bear The Koala Detection Dog Saving Koalas During The Australian Bushfires

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Aria Whitaker
Community Member
10 months ago

Such cute booties for such a good boi!!

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Koalas In A Home In Cudlee Creek, South Australia, After Being Rescued From Fires In A Garden. Local Firefighters Helped A Woman Move Them Into Her House

Koalas In A Home In Cudlee Creek, South Australia, After Being Rescued From Fires In A Garden. Local Firefighters Helped A Woman Move Them Into Her House

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
10 months ago

situation is dire, but koalas are adorable

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Bored Panda reached out to Demi, who goes by the pseudonym CarbonChic online, about the wraps she made for the baby orphan bats of the Aussie wildfires. "There are a lot of confused, injured and scared wild animals in Australia right now. Even more dead ones. And fire is one of those things that is really hard to control when it escalates to this level."

"I’m not someone who can be on the front line fighting fires but I felt like I still needed to do something. Not just donate money, but put my back into it, make something that would directly affect the Australian animals, and not have anything skimmed off the top or have some kind of uncertainty as to where it’s going," Demi said. "The things I make are going directly toward helping the more helpless burn victims of the bushfire."

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Since The Fire Has Passed Through Mallacoota This Amazing, Selfless Young Guy Has Been Out Searching For Injured Wildlife. This Is One Of 7 Koalas He's Saved So Far

Since The Fire Has Passed Through Mallacoota This Amazing, Selfless Young Guy Has Been Out Searching For Injured Wildlife. This Is One Of 7 Koalas He's Saved So Far

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Karen Dyer
Community Member
10 months ago

This would NOT have been a problem if the 100 plus people who have been arrested for setting the fire(s), had a heart. Now you not only have charges of arson, NOW have MURDER charges added as well. Good luck with PRISON.

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The Koala Named “Tinny Arse” That Was Rescued By Damian Campbell-Davys From A Bushfire Zone Sits In His Water Tanker

The Koala Named “Tinny Arse” That Was Rescued By Damian Campbell-Davys From A Bushfire Zone Sits In His Water Tanker

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Kim Lee
Community Member
10 months ago

What an adorable nickname. Glad he is safe

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The Kangaroo Is Drenched In Water After Approaching A Human For Help

The Kangaroo Is Drenched In Water After Approaching A Human For Help

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Andie Brown
Community Member
10 months ago

You know the situation is grave when wildlife approach humans for help.

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Demi said that she livestreams on Twitch and it took her an entire stream to get the bat wraps done. "About 6 hours for 18. I made 21 joey pouches in today’s stream. In total, I’ve also raised about $300 during these streams, too for the Animal Rescue Craft Guild, which feels like a pittance compared to celebrities like Celeste Barber but every little bit counts."

"I’m lucky to be living in the heart of Brisbane, so we are safe. The worst I’ve gotten is a few asthmatic symptoms from the smoke in the air, which comes and goes depending on where the fires are," Demi said. "Everyone is pretty nervous still about the continued destruction, it just looks like it’s never-ending! I am really sad about the loss of endangered species and will continue making pouches and wraps until my supplies run out."

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Since Half A Billion Animals Were Potentially Lost In Australian Bushfires, The Irwin Family Stepped In And Already Helped Over 90,000 Animals

Since Half A Billion Animals Were Potentially Lost In Australian Bushfires, The Irwin Family Stepped In And Already Helped Over 90,000 Animals

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Aria Whitaker
Community Member
10 months ago

Bless them, their father would be super proud.

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I'm So Proud Of My Country, Our Volunteer Firefighters Are Legends In Their Own Category

I'm So Proud Of My Country, Our Volunteer Firefighters Are Legends In Their Own Category

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Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
10 months ago

poor little mite!!!

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This Fire Fighter (And All Ff’s) Saving The People, Animals, And Homes In Australia

This Fire Fighter (And All Ff’s) Saving The People, Animals, And Homes In Australia

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C
Community Member
10 months ago

Brave people! I've heard koalas can be mean and it looks like they have big claws! I'm sure they were grateful for the help

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We’re seeing people helping their neighbors and the local wildlife left and right in Australia. It’s a true testament to bravery that they’re putting animal protection and safety above their own.

For example, the staff working at the Mogo Zoo in New South Wales protected all of their 200 animals from danger. The team set a very precise plan into motion. First of all, they removed everything flammable from the area. Secondly, they’d prepared hundreds of thousands of liters of water in advance. Thirdly, they relocated the larger animals to night enclosures. Zoo director Chad Staples, who called the situation “apocalyptic” and compared it to “Armageddon,” opened up his home to some of the smaller animals.

"Right now in my house there's animals of all descriptions in all the different rooms,” Staples told the media. Meanwhile one of the zookeepers even took a tiger home with them (temporarily, of course).

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Dog Saves Flock Of Sheep From Australia’s Raging Bushfires

Dog Saves Flock Of Sheep From Australia’s Raging Bushfires

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Toni
Community Member
10 months ago

what a good boy!

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Weighing Less Than A Bag Of Sugar And Snug As A Bug In His Wee Knitted Pouch, This Adorable Koala Joey Called Haze Survived The Raging Australian Bushfires Thanks To The Extraordinary Efforts Of A Firefighter Who Saved Her Life

Weighing Less Than A Bag Of Sugar And Snug As A Bug In His Wee Knitted Pouch, This Adorable Koala Joey Called Haze Survived The Raging Australian Bushfires Thanks To The Extraordinary Efforts Of A Firefighter Who Saved Her Life

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Janine B.
Community Member
10 months ago

Oh my goodness she's so tiny. :(((

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Picture Of My Cousin Who Is Fighting The Fires In Victoria Saved This Joey

Picture Of My Cousin Who Is Fighting The Fires In Victoria Saved This Joey

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Toni
Community Member
10 months ago

bravo!

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There’s also a place for laughter in the darkest of times (maybe even especially during them). Firefighters with the Urunga Rural Fire Service in New South Wales saved Paul Sekfy’s home from the blaze and left him a wholesome note: “It was our pleasure to save your house... P.S.— we owe you some milk.”

That’s right. The people who risked their lives to battle the elements apologized for drinking the man’s milk. Kale Hardie-Porter, who left the note, later had this to say to Sekfy: “I'm happy to know my note got to you in one piece! We took refuge in your house and that's when we discovered the fridge. It was our pleasure to do a little good in such horrendous conditions.”

Dear Pandas, if you’re currently in Australia, stay safe. And let us know in the comments how you, your friends, family, and neighbors are helping each other and the local wildlife out.

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Australian Zookeeper Saves Animals From Terrible Fires By Taking Them Home

Australian Zookeeper Saves Animals From Terrible Fires By Taking Them Home

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Hisseefit
Community Member
10 months ago

Where do you put a giraffe, I wonder?

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Woman Saves Koala From Bushfire

Woman Saves Koala From Bushfire

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Aria Whitaker
Community Member
10 months ago

She is legend. So sad the little guy did not make it :(

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Tonight I Got To Meet The Baby Orphan Bats Of The Aussie Bushfires That I Made The Wraps For

Tonight I Got To Meet The Baby Orphan Bats Of The Aussie Bushfires That I Made The Wraps For

I’m not even sorry for the “selfie”. I am sorry for the bad lighting because it was night time and street lamps are really unflattering but LOOK AT THEM. Massive kudos to Rachael from the Bat Conservation and Rescue Qld for bringing some babies along for me to meet. I had to be mindful of how much screaming I was doing because they were very sleepy but I was pretty much losing my mind the whole time. I think Rachael was pretty amused at my reactions but I had just never met one this close before. They have two noses and wiggly ears and are just so much cuter than you can imagine, I couldn’t believe it. Shipped up from NSW, their mommas are long gone but they seem to enjoy chewing and snuggling in their brand new wraps. It’s such an incredible feeling knowing that something I’ve done is out in the world doing some good. There’s nobody taking out administration fees or skimming a bit off the top or anything, the things I made are 100% just for the bats. (And will be loved and used by many babies before they’re reduced to shreds from all the claws and teeth.)

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
10 months ago

bat burritos! damn cure, poor little nuggets

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Distressed At First, Dolly Calmed Down Quickly. We Needed To Get Her Still Hot Feet Cooled Down Fast So Made Do With Fresh, Clean Water In A Wheelbarrow. Dolly Appreciated A Big Drink And Pain Relief Before Being Transferred To Our New And Temporary Koala Emergency Centre At Paradise

Distressed At First, Dolly Calmed Down Quickly. We Needed To Get Her Still Hot Feet Cooled Down Fast So Made Do With Fresh, Clean Water In A Wheelbarrow. Dolly Appreciated A Big Drink And Pain Relief Before Being Transferred To Our New And Temporary Koala Emergency Centre At Paradise

Adelaide Koala Rescue Report

Andie Brown
Community Member
10 months ago

Sad but beautiful. You can see the instant love Dolly has for her rescuers.

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Travel Filmmaker Saved This Little Baby Kangaroo That Was Left By Its Self

Travel Filmmaker Saved This Little Baby Kangaroo That Was Left By Its Self

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Mauve Mouse
Community Member
10 months ago

Those eyes!

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A Group Of Baby Koalas Were Rescued From The Adelaide Hills Fire Zone Area In Australia And Being Looked After By A Team Of Professional Volunteers

A Group Of Baby Koalas Were Rescued From The Adelaide Hills Fire Zone Area In Australia And Being Looked After By A Team Of Professional Volunteers

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Toni
Community Member
10 months ago

oh my god.. so cute.

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Over 600 Bats Were Transported From Caring Facilities Evacuated In New South Wales Due To Fire. Our Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital Has Treated Over 100 Of These Beautiful Little Souls. I Wanted To Share With You Some Of The Sweet Faces That Are Getting A Second Chance At Life

Over 600 Bats Were Transported From Caring Facilities Evacuated In New South Wales Due To Fire. Our Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital Has Treated Over 100 Of These Beautiful Little Souls. I Wanted To Share With You Some Of The Sweet Faces That Are Getting A Second Chance At Life

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Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
10 months ago

Batzilla and Megabatty are hard at work right now. donations help

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A Koala Drinks Water Offered From A Bottle By A Firefighter During Bushfires In Cudlee Creek, South Australia

A Koala Drinks Water Offered From A Bottle By A Firefighter During Bushfires In Cudlee Creek, South Australia

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That one marvel fan
Community Member
10 months ago

He looks Happy

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Koala Being Rescued

Koala Being Rescued

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Kate Gale
Community Member
10 months ago

That look of love xxx

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#22

Officers Giving A Helping Hand To Local Wildlife In Fire Affected Bendalong

Officers Giving A Helping Hand To Local Wildlife In Fire Affected Bendalong

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Toni
Community Member
10 months ago

wonderful people

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Kangaroos Gather On A Home’s Lawn In Berrara Beach, Nsw, As Bushfires Spread

Kangaroos Gather On A Home’s Lawn In Berrara Beach, Nsw, As Bushfires Spread

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Kim Lee
Community Member
10 months ago

I've seen very few pictures of larger, adult kangs being rescued. I hope they are being safely evacuated as well.

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Lucky Koala Is Saved From Sa Bushfires

Lucky Koala Is Saved From Sa Bushfires

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Karen Morana
Community Member
10 months ago

Fantastic people saving critters.

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