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Australian bush fires: Social media erupts with stories of unsung heroes helping others and wildlife

Not all heroes wear capes is the oft-repeated comment on posts

A photo of a 22-year-old holding a koala in his arms covered with a blanket has been liked 18,000 times on Twitter. Mr Patrick Boyle told stuff.co.nz he decided to go into the forests to look for wildlife he could save during the bush fires. He managed to carry some nine burnt but alive koalas to the wildlife rescue centre in Mallacoota in south-eastern Australia.

Another story going viral is that of a pharmacist who continues to distribute medication even as his own house in the state of New South Wales has been destroyed. Mr Raj Gupta, 52, told SBS News: "I've had my patients come in and say they've not only lost their house and their belongings, but also their medication." His story prompted fellow pharmacist Jill Porter to respond: "We lost our farm in St Pats day fires, 2018. I am a pharmacist, happy to cover Raj from Tues."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 05, 2020, with the headline 'Australian bush fires: Stories of unsung heroes helping others and wildlife'. Print Edition | Subscribe