The Irwin family’s wildlife hospital recently treated animal number 90,000 as wildfires continue to ravage parts of Australia.
Thursday, the late Steve Irwin’s son, Robert, posted the photo of the hospital’s special patient on Twitter.
This is ‘Ollie’ the platypus, patient 90,000 at the @AustraliaZoo Wildlife Hospital. 16 years providing 24/7 rehabilitation & animal rescue. So proud of this world-class facility. Thanks for your support with these extreme bushfires, wildlife need our help now more than ever. pic.twitter.com/wbsTTH4CAt
— Robert Irwin (@RobertIrwin) January 2, 2020
Many of the animals rescued recently by the Irwin family’s Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors hospital were injured by the fires spreading across the country, according to WFLA. . .
Brian the koala’s home was destroyed by bushfire and he was suffering from smoke inhalation. Thankfully, after treatment at the @AustraliaZoo Wildlife Hospital he could be released into an area not affected by the fires. 💚🐨🍃 pic.twitter.com/YJQG5c0dmE
— Wildlife Warriors (@wildwarriors) January 3, 2020
“Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors was established in 2002 by Steve and Terri Irwin as a way to include and involve other caring people in the protection of injured, threatened or endangered wildlife – from the individual animal to an entire species,” its website stated. . .
Sadly, the animal death toll from the fires has been estimated at nearly half a billion in one area alone. However, experts believe the burned forests will recover and that koalas, kangaroos, and other species affected by the wildfires will return in the future. (Read more from “Irwin Family’s Wildlife Hospital Rescues Animal Number 90,000” HERE)