Koala bears’ existence is being further threatened by the devastating bushfires currently tearing through Australia’s east coast, as if they didn’t already have enough to worry about.
The fires have claimed more than 2.5 million acres of land thus far, with firefighters struggling to beat back the various blazes affecting the area.
Yet the saying that heroes are often born in such dire times, has been proven once again. An incredible act of bravery is going viral online after a woman from New South Wales, known only as Toni, saved a koala trying to cross the road amongst the burning flames.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 19, 2019
Woman’s heroic actions, which included her swooping in to rescue the koala, wrapping it in the shirt from her back and pouring water over it, were caught on film.
That’s why it’s no surprise footage from the incident is quickly going viral online, with Toni being called a true animal hero.
The woman later said that she was planning to take the koala to the nearby Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, a facility that has been accepting koalas injured or affected by the fires.
Click below to watch Toni in the dramatic video:
The blazes have burned more than 2.5 million acres of Australia’s east coast so far, sorely affecting the wildlife.
Unfortunately, it’s estimated that aroung 350 koala bears have already lost their lives, with search and rescue teams working around the clock to try and limit the damage.
People have set up a GoFundMe Page to help in the battle, but only time will tell just how many lives have been lost.
I’m sure everyone thinks this woman is a hero. She didn’t only rush to save the Koala, but she also gave it the shirt from her back in a bid to keep it safe from the flames.