To honor the animals that have died in the deadly bushfires of Australia, a zoo located in Florida has named a koala “Hope”.
The baby koala was born on May 30 last year. The birth of the koala took place at the zoo after nearly three decades. The staff of the Zoo Miami tweeted that after 28 years a “surviving koala” was born at the zoo.
For the third time in the zoo’s history and the first time in over 28 years, a surviving koala has been born at the zoo!!Though the actual “birth” took place May 30th of last year, it was only yesterday that the joey first came completely out of the pouch! ♥️📹: @RonMagill pic.twitter.com/iPhL18mENW— Zoo Miami (@zoomiami) January 9, 2020
Though the koala was born last year, it came out of the pouch only on last week. According to reports, the baby is fine and bonding well with its mother.
According to ClickOrlando.com, Zoo Miami has also given $10, 000 to Zoos Victoria Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund to help animals in Australia.
Australia has been grappling with raging bushfires. The wildfire has reportedly killed a billion animals including about 8,000 koalas that made up 30 percent of their total population in Australia.
Zoo Miami’s conservation expert Ron Magill told NBC 6 that koala feeds on eucalyptus trees and they are prone to fires. Once fire catches up, koala doesn’t run like kangaroos, wallabies and emus. It isn’t blessed with the same speeds, thereby falling prey to the bushfires.