NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA: The government of New South Wales used helicopters and planes to feed the starving animals amid Australian Bushfires.
Thousands of pounds of food were delivered to Australia to aid the animals whose homeland has been destroyed by the horrific bushfires.
The New South Wales government commissioned the aid service called ‘Operation Rock Wallaby’. The service aims to send thousands of veggies down from the skies to feed the state’s stranded colonies of brush-tailed rock-wallabies.
According to reports, the government dropped more than 2,200 kilograms of carrots and sweet potatoes to feed colonies of brush-tailed rock wallabies that have been stranded by the fires.
Matt Kean, the state’s minister for energy and environment took to his official twitter handle and shared some pictures of carrots being dropped — as well as another showing a wallaby eating the orange root vegetable.
Have a look:
Operation Rock Wallaby 🦘- #NPWS staff today dropped thousands of kgs of food (Mostly sweet potato and carrots) for our Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby colonies across NSW 🥕🥕 #bushfires pic.twitter.com/ZBN0MSLZei— Matt Kean MP (@Matt_KeanMP) January 11, 2020
The bushfires have been blamed on widespread drought and record temperatures as New South Wales experienced 50C heat last week.
It’s heartening to see in some areas, the bush is coming back to life. Photos
by Murray Lowe in the Kulnura area. Wonderful to see how the AussieJanuary 7, 2020
The fires have claimed the lives of at least 25 people and destroyed more than 2,000 homes.
University of Sydney ecologist, Chris Dickman estimated that more than a billion animals have been killed since the fires began in early September, with about 800 million killed in New South Wales alone.