Australian Army Troops Use Time Off From Fighting Bushfires to Care for Displaced Koalas

Despite the fact that some Australian bushfires are now relatively under control, there is still plenty of work to be done to ensure the safety of both people and animals. Recently, 3,000 reserve soldiers from the Australian Army joined forces with firefighters to battle the remaining fires that continue to burn in Eastern Australia. They’ve been working tirelessly for weeks and undoubtedly deserve a rest. However, some troops have chosen to dedicate their breaks between fighting fires to help care for displaced koalas.

Recent photos posted on the 9th Brigade Australian Army Facebook page show members of the 16th Regiment Emergency Support Force using their free time to visit Cleland Wildlife Park last week. The heartwarming images show the kind men and women each gently nursing a koala during feeding time. The cute creatures are pictured bundled up in blankets in the soldiers’ arms while they enjoy being fed through syringes. “16 Regiment Emergency Support Force have been using their rest periods to lend a helping hand at the Cleland Wildlife Park, supporting our furry friends during feeding time and by building climbing mounts inside the park,” reads the Facebook post. “A great morale boost for our hard working team in the Adelaide Hills.”

More than 1 billion wild animals were killed during the fires, and many surviving koalas and other creatures have been left injured and without homes. As well as nursing the rescued koalas at Cleland Wildlife Park, The 16 Regiment troops were also tasked with preparing new climbing mounts for them, facilitating their climb to the trees. Up high among canopies, they are able to hide from predators and find shade during hot days.

Want to do your part to help animals affected by the bushfires? You can donate to WWF's Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund here.

Members of the Australian Army were recently captured nursing rescued koalas during their breaks from fighting fires.

The soldiers were also tasked with preparing new climbing mounts for the koalas, facilitating their climb to the trees.

9th Brigade – Australian Army: Website | Facebook
h/t: [Mother Nature Network, Bored Panda]

All images via 9th Brigade – Australian Army.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.
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