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A million dollars for stricken South Australian koalas

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The Federal Government will provide a million dollars to help Zoos SA veterinarians care for animals injured in the Cuddlee Creek and Kangaroo Island bushfires in South Australia.

The Federal Government will provide a million dollars to help Zoos SA vets care for animals injured in the Cudlee Creek and Kangaroo Island bushfires in South Australia.

More than a hundred recently rescued animals are receiving daily care from staff and volunteers at Zoos SA.

Environment Minister Sussan Ley today met with Zoos SA staff to announce the funding and pay tribute to their hard work.

"The dedication of these veterinarians and support staff during the fires has just been incredible.," Ms Ley said.

Zoos SA Chief Executive, Elaine Bensted, said the Morrison Government's funding will allow the zoo's veterinary team to increase its efforts to rehabilitate wildlife.

"We have seen some terrible things over the last months and I think we all accept that it will take some time to recover, but the fact the we are all working together is a great step," Ms Bensted said.

Zoo vet, David McLelland, said the most common injuries being treated are burned paws.

"For many animals being presented, the burn injuries and associated complications can be successfully treated, but sadly many animals that are too severely affected had to be euthanized on welfare grounds," Mr McLelland said.

The Zoos SA veterinary team will continue to travel to Kangaroo Island's bushfire grounds in the coming weeks, to help injured animals.  

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/adelaide-news-a-million-dollars-for-koalas-hurt-in-kangaroo-island-coddlee-creek-fires/762a79af-ca8d-4554-b1a5-f2373db32af4

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