The inhuman action was carried out by a logging company that ruthlessly bulldozed 140 acres of a bluegum plantation. Some of the poor koalas even had to be euthanized after being rescued due to the extent of their injuries.
Trigger Warning: This story contains graphic images/ video of dead and injured animals.
After the heartbreaking loss of an estimated 8,000 koalas in the ongoing Australian bushfire, dozens more have been killed by loggers in Portland, Victoria. The horrifying incident that claimed the lives of at least a dozen koalas has left 60 of them seriously injured, reports Daily Mail. The inhuman action was carried out by a logging company that ruthlessly bulldozed 140 acres of a bluegum plantation to the ground. This terrible discovery was made by Helen Oakley, a registered nurse, on Wednesday while hiking in the area. She alerted the authorities after noticing remains of dead koalas in the region that "smelt like death."
In a heart-wrenching video, Oakley could be seen explaining the devastation with tears in her eyes. She revealed how loggers "bulldozed 140 acres now and have just killed all of our koalas," adding, "There are koalas lying there dead. Mothers killed with their little babies." Oakley then went on to blame the government for not taking any actions against the issue and said, "nobody has done anything. Australia should be ashamed of this... We need help." Speaking to Yahoo News, she revealed that some of the surviving koalas had to be euthanized after being rescued due to the extent of their injuries.
"The surviving koalas are being brought down from trees and the vets are checking them for hydration and malnutrition as they're all covered in ticks... a lot of them had to be euthanized," she said. Describing the horrible sight further, she expressed, "I've never seen so many koalas in a concentrated area like this and so much death and smell. I started thinking if these were humans what this would be like and I just lost it." During an interview with ABC News, she claimed to have found 10 dead koalas since Wednesday and counted around 70-80 koalas who were still standing in trees.
"Some of them have been fairly decomposed so they've been there for a while," she said of the heartbreaking remains. "But we're finding them in the rows of pushed up blue gums [on the ground], sitting there — I found one yesterday with a broken arm." After gruesome photographs of this tragedy emerged, Andy Meddick, the region's Local MP spoke about the devastation and said that he would do everything in his power to get to the bottom of this situation and save the animals.
"As bushfires ravage parts of our state, killing millions of native animals, a bluegum plantation full of koalas is being cleared in my electorate of Western Victoria," said Meddick, adding, "According to local sources, hundreds of koalas have been impacted. Some have been killed, many injured." Promising to find a resolution, he reminded everyone about a law that was passed in January 2017 which made it mandatory for individuals and businesses to report any koalas-related deaths. "I know how distressing this is, and thank you to all who have raised it with me. I promise I'll do all I can," he added. Currently, the matter is being investigated by the Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning.