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Woman rescues scorched koala in Australian bushfires

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By Richa Noriega

A video has been circulating in the social media sites of an Australian woman rescuing a scorched koala in a bushfire.

(REUTERS / MANILA BULLETIN)

(REUTERS / MANILA BULLETIN)

In the video, the koala was seen crossing along the road with fires burning before a local woman, who told Nine News Australia her name was Toni, rescued it.

(REUTERS / MANILA BULLETIN)

(REUTERS / MANILA BULLETIN)

Toni rushed to the koala, wrapped it in her shirt and a blanket before water is poured over it.

Australia has been battling wildfires in recent weeks endangering thousands of people in the community and even the country’s koala populations have also been the major victim of the flames.

Bushfires have ravaged around 2.5 million acres (1 million hectares) of farmland and bush across Australia’s east coast in recent weeks, killing four people and destroying hundreds of homes.

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The country’s koala populations have also been a major victim of the flames, with more than 350 of the marsupials feared killed in a major habitat.

Australia is prone to bushfires in its dry, hot summers, but the recent series of fierce blazes have been sparked early, in the southern spring, after a three-year drought that has left much of the country tinder-dry.

Sydney, the country’s most populous city with around 5 million residents, was covered with a thick smoke cloud for the second day running. Health officials on Tuesday warned people in the harbor city to stay inside as the smoke reached hazardous levels. (With a report from Reuters)

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