It’s summertime in Australia, and bushfires are always a problem. But this season it’s been really bad — the worst in more than three decades if you measure by area burned.
There have been no human fatalities, but the fire has taken a heavy toll on wildlife. Many animals have been killed, others badly injured.
After the firefighters go through the areas, then it’s the veterinarians’ turn. Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with the vet who leads these veterinary responses, Rachel Westcott of South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management (SAVEM).
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- Rachel Westcott, veterinarian and coordinator of South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management (SAVEM).