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Friday 8 December 2023 Dublin: 10°C

People are being asked to make mittens for koalas with burned paws

Poor Jeremy.

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PEOPLE ARE BEING asked to help make mittens for koalas who burned their paws in the recent bushfires in Australia.

Over the past few days, the Australian Marine Wildlife Research and Rescue Organisation Inc (AMWRRO) has been sharing these photographs of an injured koala on its Facebook page.

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The koala, named Jeremy, suffered second degree burns to his paws.

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AMWRRO said Jeremy was injured in a bushfire in the Sampson Flat area. Bushfires have been sweeping across parts of Australia, not only damaging homes but also affecting local wildlife.

The recent bushfires were the worst seen in South Australia for three decades.

Thankfully, Jeremy is said to be “doing very well and is in great spirits”. In a video update, AMWRRO said they hope to release him back into the wild in weeks to come.

AMWRRO is asking people to donate to help animals like Jeremy, which can be done through its website.

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The International Fund for Animal Welfare is encouraging people to make mittens to help protect the koalas’ paws. It has a mittens pattern on its website.

Read: Race against time to save homes from bushfires, as weather conditions set to worsen>

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