Over a billion animals are feared to have died in the Australian wildfires, including thousands of the koala population in their main habitat in the state of New South Wales.
Now, a video showing helicopters dropping thousands of kilograms of carrots and sweet potato being delivered to the endangered animals is doing the round on social media.
Thousands of kilograms of carrots and sweet potato are being delivered to endangered Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies in fire affected areas as the NSW Government steps in to help. #9News pic.twitter.com/Vw3SnMUejL— Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) January 12, 2020
The environment minister for New South Wales, Matt Kean, has launched an operation ‘Rock Wallaby’ in which various helicopters will drop food to the animals.
According to The Sun, Kean said, “The wallabies typically survive the fire itself, but are then left stranded with limited natural food as the fire takes out the vegetation around their rocky habitat.”
Operation Rock Wallaby - #NPWS staff today dropped thousands of kgs of food (Mostly sweet potato and carrots) for our Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby colonies across NSW #bushfires pic.twitter.com/ZBN0MSLZei— Matt Kean MP (@Matt_KeanMP) January 11, 2020
In the last one week, huge amount of sweet potatoes and carrots have been dropped over Capertee and Wolgan valleys, Yengo National Park, Kangaroo Valley, Jenolan, Oxley Wild Rivers and Curracubundi national parks, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.
This move has been highly appreciated by the social media users.
Aussie Birds... love people who care! RT @Matt_KeanMP: Operation Rock Wallaby - #NPWS staff today dropped thousands of kgs of food (Mostly sweet potato and carrots) for our Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby colonies across NSW #bushfires pic.twitter.com/eQ06t3StH0— Byron Bird Buddies (@BirdByron) January 12, 2020
Pretty neat how the Aussies are responding to the ongoing wildfires.— Jimmer (@jimmyfish96) January 12, 2020
Operation Rock Wallaby: https://t.co/RbdfuryQqw
I love this!!!!— gabster (@gabbylives2) January 12, 2020
"Sweet potatoes and carrots are being airdropped to help endangered
brush-tailed rock-wallaby" https://t.co/S7uNuXfv8z
Great work Matt. Keep strong from rubbish arson haz red reports. Our great National Parks need desperately to be better funded. Please restore the alpine huts and township of Kiandra as they cannot be left to decay. Thank you.— SeanMc. (@SeanNotShane) January 11, 2020
Australia's annual wildfire season, which peaks during the Southern Hemisphere’s summer, started early after an unusually warm and dry winter. Record-breaking heat and windy conditions triggered devastating wildfires in New South Wales and Queensland states in September.
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