Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Firefighter helps scorched koala

Four hours ago the Associated Press released this image of an Austrailan firefighter giving water to an injured koala. Koalas are especially vulnerable to wildfires because they move slowly on the ground. Read the story here.

The AP says the wildfires, likely deliberately set, cut through parks and forests and sent countless wombats and other native species fleeing. One resident reported seeing kangaroos bouncing down the road with flames at their backs.

The fires also razed farmland, killing or panicking sheep and cattle. Television footage showed cows running down the main street of a smoke-filled town. A count of the animal deaths has not been made. Eighty-four people have died in the fires.

The bastard who set these fires deserves to have his genitals devoured by fire ants while being torn apart by angry, large apes. Or at least the marine biologists in Austraila could use him for shark bait.

Poor wombats on the run.