Teens Drove Around Kangaroo Island To Rescue As Many Koalas As They Can From Australia Bushfires

Sometimes it takes a big event of destruction to turn the ordinary person into a hero. And two Australian teens became unlikely heroes when they chose to help the koalas in the Australian fires by taking their own van out to the fire-ravaged areas in order to “save as many koalas as they could.”

The two cousins, 19-year-old Micah and 18-year-old Caleb drove around Kangaroo Island in search of koalas, trying to save as many as they could find.  

Source: YouTube/Alternative 666

“We’re doing a little koala rescue,” one of the teens states in a video. “She’s a mother with a baby. And they’re cuddling. We’re just trying to collect as many live ones as we can.”

The video shows their vehicle full of ash-covered koalas. It has already received thousands of shares by news media outlets and individuals who support the teens’ efforts.

Source: YouTube/Alternative 666

According to Bored Panda, about 60% of the animals the two teens encountered had already been killed in the flames. And sadly for many of the animals being brought into medical centers for treatment, the same stats apply. 

Sam Mitchell, co-owner of the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, said, “At least a third of what has been brought in we’ve had to euthanize, unfortunately. We are seeing many burns to hands and feet—fingernails melted off. For some, the burns are just too extreme.”

Unfortunately, one of the koalas rescued by Micah and Caleb was too badly injured to survive its trip to safety. The poor koala died shortly after the teens began driving back towards home. The two teens are receiving help from a neighbor in taking care of the koalas, as the neighbor holds permits to care for wildlife.

It is estimated that 1.25 billion animals have been killed in the Australian bushfires since they began in September 2019. Wildlife experts believe at least 8,000 koalas have died in the bushfires,  meaning that the future of the already-dwindling species is very, very precarious. 

You can watch the video of Caleb and Micah’s heroic koala rescue below:


More From Cesar's Way Videos

Recommended Videos


Related Posts

August 24, 2022

4 Ways To Socialize Your Dog

Meeting people is never easy, but it's even more complicated when trying to find friends

August 17, 2022

Steps to Stop Dog Chewing

It's happened to all of us. We come home from a long day at work,

August 10, 2022

Safety Essentials for Dog Walkers

As a conscientious dog owner, you work hard to fit their daily walks into your

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Get Tips From Cesar & The Pack

Don’t get left out of the doghouse! Sign up now to make sure you’re up to date on the latest happenings!

Trending Today

Trending This Week