Koala feared victim of fires

A KOALA rescued and rehabilitated after last fortnight’s Bogangar bushfire is feared dead after it was released back into the wild the day before the current bushfire started.

The marsupial, which was rescued by firefighters, was released by Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers at Camp Wollumbin on the weekend, only hours before fire decimated the area.

TVWC President Helen Joakim said thousands of animals would have been killed or injured in the current blaze.

The organisation is currently caring for six animals and Ms Joakim urged the public to report any further injured or dead wildlife.

She said even if an animal looked healthy, the chances were that it had some type of injury, be it smoke inhalation, overheating or burnt paws.

“If an animal is coming out of that fire area, you can be assured it is injured,” Ms Joakim said.

Call the 24-hour TVWC hotline on (02) 6672 4789.

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