Over one billion animals are suspected to have died in the Australian bushfires; social media has been flooded with news of koalas and kangaroos who've barely managed to make it out alive. While the crisis continues, news bushes have just begun to bloom. However, measures are being taken to ensure that the animals who did manage to survive don't die of starvation.
In a brilliant move, the New South Wales government has begun food drops, where carrots, sweet potatoes and other vegetables are dropped from planes into the forests, for the wallabies, koalas and other animals that might need them.
New South Wales Environment Minister Matt Kean announced that the animals who survived had no food because the source had been burned down. More than 2,200 kgs of vegetables have been dropped, according to reports.
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
This is how Twitter reacted:
Thank you Minister from the bottom of my heart for doing this. Much more of course will be needed to mitigate this ecological crisis.— Tim Stephens (@ProfTimStephens) January 11, 2020
This is lovely— Mostly cats and goats (@miapussaroo) January 11, 2020
Thank you Mr. Kean. You’ve given some confidence back that some politicians will do the right think. Appreciate it.— A (@englishmaninoz) January 12, 2020