Mittens needed for rescued koalas in Australia

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AUSTRALIA (NBC) — An animal welfare agency in Australia is urging volunteers to dust off their sewing machines to help injured koalas.

Several koalas have been rescued from wildfires raging across Southern Australia. Some are recovering in animal hospitals, but others have had to be put down.

The slow-moving animals are at constant risk during wildfires and often die from burns or dehydration.

“Many, many of them, if they’re picked up early enough and treated, are able to be released and lead normal lives,” said Rae Campbell, a wildlife caregiver.

Rescued koalas are being treated for burned paws at a wildlife hospital in Adelaide. The international fund for animal welfare said the injured koalas are desperately in need of mittens. So, the Agency has asked volunteers to sew the mittens, which will protect the koalas’ burnt paws.

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