Adorable little koala gets his burnt paws treated after fire in Oz

Published Thursday, Jan 8 2015, 14:02 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Our hearts melted when we saw this poorly koala, who's getting his burned paws cooled down after surviving a bushfire in Australia.

Jeremy was a victim of the fire that spread over 30,000 acres in the Adelaide Hills.

Jeremy the koala getting his paws cooled down

© Facebook/AMWRRO

But although he was hurt, this little fella was one of the lucky ones, as he was rescued by a firefighter, who took him to the Australian Marine Wildlife Research and Rescue Organisation.

There, experts treated and bandaged up his paws, which had suffered from second-degree burns.

Staff at the clinic will care for the fluffy animal until he is ready to be released back into the wild and one of his carers said Jeremy was "doing very well and is in great spirits".

Jeremy with his paws bandaged up

© Facebook/AMWRRO

Jeremy's injured paw

© Facebook/AMWRRO

As so many koalas have endured paw injuries from the fire, animal welfare group, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has sent out a plea for people to knit mittens for the cute creatures.

Posting on their Facebook page, they wrote: "We urgently need mittens made from 100% cotton sheets or tea towels to protect injured paws."

Screenshot of koala mitten plea

© Facebook/IFAW

They've even uploaded a cutout pattern for knitters to use as a guide so that the mittens fit perfectly on to the paws.

Let's hope these cuddly cuties make a speedy recovery!

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