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The Irwin Family Has Saved More Than 90K Animals Amid Australian Wildfires

Rae Batchelor 6 Jan 2020

The wildfires in Australia that have been burning since September have caused immeasurable destruction and devastation to the country. Twenty-three people have lost their lives, many have lost or had to evacuate their homes, and wildlife is being forced to flee their habitats or get caught in the blaze.

The Irwin family has always been incredibly passionate about conservation, and that's not changing now.

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Bindi Irwin shared a shot of her in the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, which was founded by her father, the late Steve Irwin, in 2002, with the caption, "With so many devastating fires within Australia, my heart breaks for the people and wildlife who have lost so much. "

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"I wanted to let you know that we are SAFE. There are no fires near us @AustraliaZoo or our conservation properties."

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"Our Wildlife Hospital is busier than ever though, having officially treated over 90,000 patients. My parents dedicated our Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital to my beautiful grandmother. We will continue to honour her by being Wildlife Warriors and saving as many lives as we can," Bindi wrote.

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Bindi's brother Robert revealed that the 90,000th patient was Ollie the platypus.

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"This is patient number 90,000 that the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital has treated. ‘Ollie’ the orphaned platypus is receiving round the clock care until he can be released back to the wild," Robert wrote alongside this photo.

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Bindi also shared this video of rescued grey-headed flying foxes who were affected by the fires.

Bindi had a suggestion for all those who want to help out this wildlife, writing, "We need to build a new ward for our patients. Wildlife Warriors from around the world are asking how they can help us save native wildlife, you can donate on our website www.wildlifewarriors.org."

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Terri and Robert recently spoke with Sunrise to discuss the impact of the bushfires.

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"We're able to offer a safe haven for wildlife needing help," Terri said.

"We're seeing all kinds of different injuries," Robert added.

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"Obviously smoke inhalation and burns are happening frequently, but also animals are going into areas where they're not supposed to be to escape the horrific conditions."

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Robert appeared to choke up in the interview when it came to speaking about the tough conditions.

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"We’re absolutely heartbroken," he said.

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