Bindi Irwin took to Instagram to announce that her family had helped save thousands of animals affected by Australia's worst bushfires.
Devastating wildfires have ravaged across Australia for the past few weeks, prompting thousands of citizens to flee their homes and find safety along the shoreline. Furthermore, the bushfires have led to the death of almost half a billion mammals, birds, and reptiles across the country. While some animals are in the process of being rescued by Australia's emergency services, there are sadly simply not enough resources to save them all. Therefore, a certain family has come to the rescue - the Irwins, of course. Continuing animal lover and conservationist Steve Irwin's legacy, his family has helped save and rehabilitate over 90,000 animals affected by the bushfires.
In a post uploaded to social media platform Instagram, Steve Irwin's daughter Bindi clarified that their family was safe and announced that their wildlife hospital had treated over 90,000 patients at their facilities. The post included a photo of herself standing in front of a large photo of her father. She wrote, "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. There are no fires near us, Australia Zoo, or our conservation properties."
Bindi continued, "Our Wildlife Hospital is busier than ever though, having officially treated over 90,000 patients. My parents dedicated our Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital to my beautiful grandmother. We will continue to honor her by being Wildlife Warriors and saving as many lives as we can." At a time when Australia requires all hands on deck to combat the distressing effects of the most terrifying blaze the country has seen in years (or quite possibly, ever), it is heartening to see the Irwin family step up and do their part. Their decision to take action will help protect wildlife communities currently at risk.
In a separate post, Bindi uploaded a photo of a possum who had sustained and ultimately succumbed to major injuries during the fire. She stated, "Blossom the possum was admitted to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital after being caught in one of the bushfires burning in other parts of Queensland. We have such an incredible team that 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. 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. Now more than ever we need to work together to make a difference and protect our Mother Earth."
She concluded with calls for people to become Wildlife Warriors themselves. Let's not forget the Australia bushfires are a direct result of manmade climate change. To do your part and help at-risk animal populations, click here.