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Search to save smallest survivors of Australia fires

Published on Oct 24, 2013 11:43 AM
 
Ducks move to a safer place through a smoky path following a nearby bush fire in Faulconbridge in the Blue Mountains on Oct 23, 2013. As the Blue Mountains bushfire threat eases and hundreds of residents return to their homes a relief and rescue operation is just beginning for its smallest victims - Australia's unique wildlife. -- PHOTO : AFP 

SPRINGWOOD, Australia (AFP) - As the Blue Mountains bushfire threat eases and hundreds of residents return to their homes a relief and rescue operation is just beginning for its smallest victims - Australia's unique wildlife.

Veterinarians across the region west of Sydney are on standby as volunteer crews from animal rescue group WIRES hike out into scorched bush areas in search of native creatures that have survived the flames.

Residents whose own homes have been destroyed are putting aside their trauma to do everything they can for their animal neighbours, with WIRES describing the public response as 'mindblowing'.

Zoologist and WIRES volunteer Anna Felton is coordinating operations from the rapid-response WIRES ambulance, a 50-animal capacity van stocked with painkillers, burns cream, pouches for orphaned baby animals and cotton sheets - the only safe way to pick up a burned animal without damaging its skin.

 
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