Teenagers fill car full of Koalas to save them from bushfires

  • 18 Jan - 24 Jan, 2020
  • Mag The Weekly
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A video has been posted on Reddit that shows two cousins traveling around one of the areas worst hit by the Australian bushfires collecting koalas and taking them to safety in their car. The short video shows a car filled with koalas that have been rescued in a car. It was filmed on Kangaroo Island, known as Australia's answer to the Galapagos Islands because of the rich biodiversity present there. The two boys in question are 19-year-old Micah and 18-year-old Caleb. While we're not exactly sure how many koalas they managed to rescue, they reckon that it's around 20. Of that number, six of the poor marsupials were orphaned and two of them were mothers with children. As well as rescuing them, they're going to look after them until they can return to the wild, and refuse to take them off the island because it would further hurt an already decimated local population. However, while they were rescuing them they saw first-hand the horrific damage that is being done. They reported that around 60 percent of the koalas they came across had burned to death, while one fifth of the koalas they saved died within the first day due to their injuries.