Recently, a koala crawling in a mountain fire has attracted the attention of netizens, it crawled alone in the Australian mountain fire and was severely burned, and was eventually rescued by well-wishers to be sent to hospital. But sadly, it still failed, and on November 26th,media reported that the rescued koala had been euthanized, and veterinarians said the koala’s burns could not be improved and the decision was made, taking into account animal welfare.
Six people have died and more than 500 homes have been burned since a forest fire broke out in Australia in September. And the fire destroyed 80 percent of koalas’ natural habitat, at least a thousand koalas buried in the sea of fire, and with the difficulty of restoring their natural habitat, the cute koalas are facing functional extinction.
Functional extinction refers to the decline of species to a natural state basically lost the ability to sustain reproduction, or even the ability to survive.
Australia’s local koala foundation is calling on the government to enact koala protection laws, and koala hospitals have raised $1.146 million to build safe habitats for koalas and install drinking water stations in areas devastated by wildfires.