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Robert Irwin Struggles To Hold Back Tears While Discussing The Impact Of The Australian Bushfires
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Robert Irwin Struggles To Hold Back Tears While Discussing The Impact Of The Australian Bushfires

As the whole world is watching the devastating bushfires ablaze in Australia from afar, some people are facing terror in real-time. And while firefighters give it all they’ve got to fight the terrors and save as much of the stunning Australian wildlife as they can, the impact is still so huge it could be difficult for one to wrap their head around it. The son of “The Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin, Robert, tried explaining the real scale of the damage done by the wildfire with his mom Terri and had a hard time holding back his tears while his mom spoke about the impact on the vulnerable koala population. Since half a billion animals were potentially lost in the Australian bushfires, the Irwin family has already helped over 90,000 animals.

Terri and Robert Irwin spoke with Sunrise, trying to explain the real impact of the bushfires on the Australian wildlife

There’s a widely-reported estimate that Australia has already lost almost half a billion animals in the bushfires devastating the country. Hundreds of thousands of native animals have been killed or heavily injured. Many people across the country try to aid the injured animals, with zoos and veterinary clinics in the front lines. The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital team is among them as well, despite being almost two thousand kilometers away from the fire zone. “We’re able to offer a safe haven for wildlife needing help,” Terri Irwin told Sunrise. Her son Robert continued saying they’re seeing all kinds of different injuries. They are currently attending to possums, birds, koalas, platypus and many other types of animals being looked after at the purpose-built facility.

While his mom was explaining the current state of the koala population, 16-year-old Robert had a hard time holding back tears

The two explained that smoke inhalation and burns are happening frequently, but also animals are going into areas where they’re not supposed to be to escape the horrific conditions. This means they’re getting hit by cars and are being attacked by domestic animals, so there’s a horrific knock-on effect. They also felt really concerned about the koala population. “Koala instinct is to go up, as safety is in the top of the tree,” Terri explained. “Eucalyptus trees have so much oil that they ignite and actually explode in a fire. That means being able to treat and help koalas is few and far between because they’re basically incinerated.”

Apparently, it could be necessary to enlist koalas as endangered species after this devastating event

The late Steve Irwin’s 16-year-old son Robert was having a hard time holding back the tears as his mom elaborated on the situation of the koala population saying, “We’re just trying to do our best to help in any way we can, but it’s an absolutely horrific situation. We’re heartbroken.” One of the firefighters working in the fire zone, Damian Campbell-Davys, saw the situation and said: “Kangaroos can hop away, but koalas can’t escape.”

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Clavelle
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2 years ago

This is simply heartbreaking.

Monika Soffronow
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2 years ago

It is heartbreaking indeed, and also absolutely terrifying. "About 12.35 million acres of land have burned across Australia, according to the Associated Press." That is 50,000 square kilometers or around a 25% larger area than the whole country of Switzerland or the Netherlands.

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sky blue
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2 years ago

Climate change is a contributing to these devastating fires. Animal agriculture is the leading cause of climate change, it produces 30-45% of all greenhouse gases (vs all planes, cars and other transportation combined produces only 13% of GHG:s). Switching to a plant-based diet is the single most powerful thing anyone can do for our planet, for the animals (both wild and domesticated), for humanity and for their own health. Going vegan is easier than ever, please consider doing it for yourself and all other living beings. Even reducing your animal product consumption helps, every little step helps. https://edition.cnn.com/2017/04/08/opinions/go-vegan-save-the-planet-wang/index.html

Sterrinatu
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2 years ago

I agree with your comment about reducing animal consumption. All this really boils down to not being wasteful. We shouldn't have to cut meat out of our diet, just cut how much we are wasting and I'm sure that will make a huge difference. It's appalling how much food is thrown away on a daily basis her in America. We way over feed people and either expect them to eat it all and be fat cows or we throw it away when they can't.

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Amber Cook
Community Member
2 years ago

He is so much like his dad, in so many incredible ways! I'm a little over 8,000 miles away and all I can do is donate what little money I have and send my prays, love and light to everyone (as well as every animal) in Australia.

Bron
Community Member
2 years ago

There’s many smaller wildlife rescues who could use your donation :) if you prefer. This one is local to me https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-us-saving-injured-orphan-koalas-amp-kangaroos/donate

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Clavelle
Community Member
2 years ago

This is simply heartbreaking.

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
2 years ago

It is heartbreaking indeed, and also absolutely terrifying. "About 12.35 million acres of land have burned across Australia, according to the Associated Press." That is 50,000 square kilometers or around a 25% larger area than the whole country of Switzerland or the Netherlands.

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sky blue
Community Member
2 years ago

Climate change is a contributing to these devastating fires. Animal agriculture is the leading cause of climate change, it produces 30-45% of all greenhouse gases (vs all planes, cars and other transportation combined produces only 13% of GHG:s). Switching to a plant-based diet is the single most powerful thing anyone can do for our planet, for the animals (both wild and domesticated), for humanity and for their own health. Going vegan is easier than ever, please consider doing it for yourself and all other living beings. Even reducing your animal product consumption helps, every little step helps. https://edition.cnn.com/2017/04/08/opinions/go-vegan-save-the-planet-wang/index.html

Sterrinatu
Community Member
2 years ago

I agree with your comment about reducing animal consumption. All this really boils down to not being wasteful. We shouldn't have to cut meat out of our diet, just cut how much we are wasting and I'm sure that will make a huge difference. It's appalling how much food is thrown away on a daily basis her in America. We way over feed people and either expect them to eat it all and be fat cows or we throw it away when they can't.

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Amber Cook
Community Member
2 years ago

He is so much like his dad, in so many incredible ways! I'm a little over 8,000 miles away and all I can do is donate what little money I have and send my prays, love and light to everyone (as well as every animal) in Australia.

Bron
Community Member
2 years ago

There’s many smaller wildlife rescues who could use your donation :) if you prefer. This one is local to me https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-us-saving-injured-orphan-koalas-amp-kangaroos/donate

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