Planes Drop Thousands Of Kilos Of Carrots And Potatoes For Animals Affected By Wildfires

Jan 13, 2020

Aircraft are dropping much-needed food to the animals left stranded by the Australian bushfires.

The government of the state of New South Wales is leading the charge to bring carrots and sweet potatoes to the rock wallabies that live in the area. According to the minister of energy and environment, Matt Kean, thousands of kilos have already been dropped in the mission dubbed “Operation Rock Wallaby.”

Kean said the goal of providing the supplementary food is a strategy to assist in the recovery of the brush-tailed rock-wallaby, which is an endangered species.

"Initial fire assessments indicate the habitat of several important brush-tailed rock-wallaby populations was burnt in the recent bushfires,” he continued, as per CNN. “The wallabies typically survive the fire itself, but are then left stranded with limited natural food as the fire takes out the vegetation around their rocky habitat.

In the neighboring state of Victoria, the charity Animals Australia has also been dropping food for the animals using small aircraft. Last week they sent two planes of food for the joeys and kangaroos that are stranded without food in the town of Mallacoota. Lyn White, spokesperson for the charity, told The Daily Mail that they were working hard for the animals that have already survived the wildfires and ensure that now they don’t die from starvation.

These brave rescue missions are combatants against the fires that have devastated large areas of the country in recent weeks. The World Wildlife Fund estimates that approximately 1 billion animals have been killed by the fires after sweeping an area roughly the size of South Carolina.

What do you think of all the efforts being made in helping animals affected by the Australian wildfires?