Australian fire: Govt drops 2,000 kg veggies to feed starving animals
The Australian government is using helicopters and airplanes to help feed starving animals displaced by the country’s wildfire crisis.
The New South Wales government used aircraft to drop more than 1,800 kg of food, mostly carrots and sweet potatoes, to colonies of brush-tailed rock-wallabies that were left stranded as massive wildfires ravaged their habitat.
The brush-tailed rock-wallaby was already endangered in southeastern Australia before the fires began in September and government officials said their survival could be complicated further by the ongoing crisis. The fires are estimated to have killed more than a billion animals and scorched more than 8.4 million hectares.
The fires have claimed the lives of at least 25 people and destroyed more than 2,000 homes.
Fire seasons regularly take place in the country, but this year has been particularly devastating. The country experienced one of its hottest and driest years, in part, because of the Indian Ocean dipole, which is a variation in sea surface temperature on the Indian Ocean that drives the weather patterns.