New South Wales, Australia — A woman risked her own safety Tuesday to rescue a koala that was badly injured in bushfires that have erupted during a heatwave on the continent.
Video of the rescue shows the woman take off her shirt and wrap it around the koala, then pour water on it from bottles in an attempt to cool its burns. She then wraps in a blanket and gets in her vehicle to take it to Port Macquarie Koala Hospital for treatment, CBS News reports.
CNN reports the koala has been treated for its injuries but remains in serious condition.
It’s estimated that more than 350 koalas have died in the bushfires, according to CNN. The overall population for koalas in Australia is estimated between 50,000 and 100,000, CBS News reports. Dogs trained to find koalas are being used to save the animals, CNN reports.
On Wednesday, the intense heat and increased winds have led to “catastrophic” alerts for South Australia, the BBC reports. Bushfires have been burning since last month, killing six people and destroying more than 500 homes.
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