Bindi Irwin and Her Family Share Pics of Wildlife Rescue Efforts From the Australian Fires
Hollywood powerhouses like Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman are calling attention to the wildfires causing mass destruction in Australia. Human lives and homes are being lost due to the disaster, as well as literally millions of animals.
Conservationist and Animal Planet star Bindi Irwin, daughter of the late Steve Irwin, has been working nonstop in the wildlife rescue effort along with her mom Terri and brother Robert. The 21-year-old recently posted some updates on Instagram to spread the word on how the public can help.
On January 4, Irwin took to Instagram to let her followers know that she and her family were safe yet deep in the trenches to save as many animals as possible.
“With so many devastating fires within Australia, my heart breaks for the people and wildlife who have lost so much. I wanted to let you know that we are SAFE,” Irwin wrote. “There are no fires near us @AustraliaZoo or our conservation properties.”
In a tribute pic of her grandmother and late father, Irwin reported on the aid that their animal hospital was bringing to the region. “Our Wildlife Hospital is busier than ever though, having officially treated over 90,000 patients,” the Animal Planet star wrote. “My parents dedicated our Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital to my beautiful grandmother. We will continue to honour her by being Wildlife Warriors and saving as many lives as we can.”
Irwin also put up pics of some of the wildlife survivors and victims of the fires, including the sad story of a little possum. “Blossom the possum was admitted to the #AustraliaZoo Wildlife Hospital after being caught in one of the bushfires burning in other parts of Queensland,” she wrote. “We have such an incredible team who work day and night to protect gorgeous animals like Blossom. Devastatingly this beautiful girl didn’t make it even after working so hard to save her life.”
Terri also shared the overwhelming loss of Possum’s babies. “Their injuries were too extensive from the bush fire,” she said, according to Yahoo! Entertainment. “They were comforted, given pain relief, and received the best medical treatment possible.”
Robert also showcased a baby fruit bat on the zoo’s Instagram account as one of the survival stories. “‘Bear’ is one of the hundreds of baby fruit bats that lost their homes in the horrific NSW fires,” he wrote on Instagram. “We’re doing our best to treat every animal we can – but unfortunately millions of other creatures are not as lucky as this little guy.”
Another victim in need of 24/7 care is Ollie the platypus. The pictures posted give an inside look to the devastation these animals are experiencing.
“This is patient number 90,000 that the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital has treated. ‘Ollie’ the orphaned platypus is receiving round the clock care until he can be released back to the wild,” Robert wrote, also noting the drought that was encompassing the region. “Over the last 16 years, the hospital has provided 24/7 wildlife rehabilitation and an incredible animal rescue service. We’re so proud of this world-class facility! Thank you for your support – with pressures from drought to bushfires, wildlife need our help now more than ever.”
Thanking those on the front lines
The Australia zoo is located in Queensland, which is a safe distance from the bush fires. Yahoo! Entertainment reported that the zoo houses a hospital, sea turtle rehabilitation center, sea snake ward, and an almost-completed bird recovery area. Despite the present facilities, Irwin said “it’s still not enough [space] to keep up” with the massive amount of rescues. “We need to build a new ward for our patients.”
The conservationists made a point of giving their gratitude to the many firefighters risking their lives to stop the raging inferno, along with a call to action. “Thank you to all of the firefighters on the frontline – if you want to help, please support local fire crews,” Robert posted. “You can find out more about our wildlife hospital and how to donate at wildlifewarriors.org.” The referenced organization is the Irwin family’s nonprofit.
Irwin posted her appreciation for those sending donations and encouragement. “I want to thank you for your kind words and support. This is the heart-wrenching truth, every day is a battle to stand up and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves,” she wrote. “Now more than ever we need to work together to make a difference and protect our Mother Earth.”
For more information on the recovery effort and how to help, visit www.wildlifewarriors.org.