Paradise Primary School, situated in the north-east of Adelaide, Australia, turned its school gym into a make-shift koala hospital.
When rescuers had nowhere to keep and treat koalas injured during the devastating Australian bushfires, they got creative. Paradise Primary School, situated in the north-east of Adelaide, Australia, turned its school gym into a make-shift koala hospital. According to a report by Daily Mail, Adelaide Koala Rescue turned the school's space into a temporary emergency room to help dozens of rescued koalas affected by the Cuddle Creek fire, one of many wildfires that have been burning since September last year. They have managed to accommodate over 100 vulnerable victims who were found burnt, dehydrated, and displaced.
School Turned Into Makeshift Hospital for Koalas Orphaned and Injured in Australia's Wildfires https://t.co/Hy3wOWjbxu— People (@people) 9 January 2020
With the help of its over 150 around-the-clock volunteers, including at least 80 veterinarians, the impromptu hospital is busy treating helpless koalas who have sustained injuries during the devastating blaze, reports 7News. Making the best use of the available resources, volunteers have turned foldable playpens into hospital beds for the marsupials. In order to keep things systematic and organized, the animals are separated and placed in different pens depending on their needs and condition. As per a report by PEOPLE, there is separate a pen for koalas who have been orphaned, and one for those who have sustained burns.
I can’t help crying 😢 reading this— 🌿🕊Carminda B🕊🌿 (@carmindabrendel) 8 January 2020
God Bless them ... they don’t have a home 💔💔
Adelaide Hills' bushfire-ravaged koalas cared for at makeshift shelter https://t.co/xC4XrxYRho
It also includes one for koalas with chlamydia, unfortunately, a common disease among these marsupials. Speaking about the recent patients at their hospital, the director of Adelaide Koala Rescue, Jane Brister, told Daily Mail, "We’ve had a few come in that were just singed all over. It’s almost as though they were curled in a ball when the flames, the heat just went straight over the top of them." All of these gentle animal patients have been named by the staff. In addition to this, they also have medical charts to help the caretakers closely follow their recovery process.
Watching animal paying with their lives for human carelessness and arrogance... a better slice of humanity tries it's best to help, Adelaide Hills' bushfire-ravaged koalas cared for at makeshift shelter https://t.co/DKuEibzxsH— Mickie Parker (@MickPea) 9 January 2020
Once the caretakers discern that a koala is completely healed and is able to climb and thrive out in nature by itself, the animal is released back into the wild. The Adelaide Koala Rescue has already treated and released dozens of koalas into areas unaffected by Australia's wildfire. This plan was successfully implemented due to the kindness and generosity of strangers who selflessly donated over $167,000 to the rescue's GoFundMe account. "We’ve also got people volunteering to come and deliver browse (trees) for the koalas, we’ve got people volunteering to wash all the towels that we go through for the bedding," said Brister appreciatively. "The community support has been wonderful."
The patients under the care of Adelaide Koala Rescue were fortunate compared to the 1 billion animals that experts have estimated to have been killed during the raging bushfire across Australia.