The more we hear about the rash of destructive wildfires that currently plague Australia, the more grim the situation seems.
As HuffPost reported, the crisis has already resulted in 25 deaths, over 2,000 destroyed or damaged homes, and burned about 19.8 million acres of land.
However, the most staggering figures we've seen concerns the destruction the fires have caused for local wildlife, as an estimated half a billion animals were considered likely to have already died in them.
It's difficult to even imagine that number as it pertains to living creatures, but unfortunately, that number has since been considered out of date.
Now, it seems the catastrophe is at least twice as bad in this respect as we thought.