Australian Bushfires Leave Koalas And Kangaroos Badly Burned

Jan 21, 2015
Originally published on January 21, 2015 2:00 pm

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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