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First Baby Koala Born In Australian Wildlife Park Since Devastating Bushfires

Bushfires wiped out a big chunk of Australian bushes. At least 26 people lost their lives and another 2,000 lost their homes. Millions of acres of Australian land was destroyed. Millions of animals were burnt to death. The raging wildfires killed thousands of koalas. Researchers still try to determine the real loss.

The Australian Reptile Park has a ray of hope for us all. The celebrated the birth of the first baby koala. Welcome to this world, Ash!

“We have a very special announcement… Our very first koala of the season has popped out of Mums’ pouch to say hello!” the park captioned the video.

“Ash represents the start of what we’re hoping to be another successful breeding season,” Australian Reptile Park Zookeeper, Dan Rumsey said. “It was such an incredible moment when we saw Ash poke her head out of her mom’s pouch for the first time!”

Ash was born in January and she is super healthy. However, the joey did stay in her mother’s pouch to grow better.

“Ash is estimated to be 5 months old and is right on track to be emerging from the pouch for the first time. Her mother Rosie has shown exemplary parenting skills and we know that Ash is in good paws.”

Last year, seven baby koalas came to this world. The population of koalas reached the lowest low, and staffers really hope for a change.

Momma koalas give birth to one joey per year. Sadly, 2019 was a hard year, and animals are too frightened to go back to their normal life.

Australian Minister for the Environment, Sussan Ley, revealed that the marsupials should be listed as endangered. The Australian Prime Minister will provide a $50 million funds to support wildlife.

Ley revealed that they may need to see if “in certain parts of the country, koalas move from where they are, which is often vulnerable, up to endangered.”

According to the report from the global conservation group International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), the fires killed over 5,000 koalas.

“That’s extremely shocking and really should be a wake-up call to the government to pause any threats to koala habitat including logging and development in key areas,” Cate Faehrmann, committee chair of the NSW upper house inquiry, added. “There are so many threats that if we are going to stop this wonderful animal from becoming extinct we have to really, really, prioritize securing and protecting their habitat now.”

Today, Ash is a celebrity and she enjoys every bit of her fame. The world needs more koala joeys. We need more joy and happiness right now.