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# Fair play
A team of Australian vets have skipped a bushfire evacuation to care for the local wildlife
The western Australian town of Yarloop has been devastated by bushfires throughout January.

vet1 Waroona Veterinary / Facebook Waroona Veterinary / Facebook / Facebook

A TEAM OF Australian vets have stayed behind following a bushfire evacuation of their town in order to care for the wildlife that has been badly burned in the fire.

The workers at the Waroona Veterinary Clinic in the western Australian town of Yarloop have made the decision to stay in defiance of the bushfire that has now raged for the best part of a month.


That selfless gesture has led to the clinic going viral and so many donations of goodwill that the practice’s Facebook page has had to ask those who would donate to stop.

A post on the clinic’s page earlier this month informed locals that staff would remain behind unless “we absolutely must leave”.

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The same social media account has been providing the world with updates regarding the health and wellbeing of the local wildlife, together with heartbreaking pictures of the affected animals.

The workers at the clinic have declared themselves “floored by the overwhelming generosity” they have seen via online donations.

possum Waroona Veterinary / Facebook A possum wears recovery bandages for the bad burns sustained to its hind legs Waroona Veterinary / Facebook / Facebook

The bushfires seen in recent weeks has all but levelled the local community according to an ABC Australia report.

The fire has been burning for the last 19 days. 181 properties have been destroyed, with the fire’s perimeter measuring over 392 kilometres at its peak.

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