Koalas wear homemade mittens to help healing after bushfire injuries

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Koalas Wear Homemade Mittens to Help Healing After Bushfire Injuries

By: Gillian Pensavalle

Did you know that during bushfire season in Australia, it's common for koala bears to suffer from burnt paws? But there is a bit of a silver lining, since many of these wounded koalas are being given little homemade mittens to help their paws heal.

The Jirralingha Koala and Wildlife Sanctuary is posting bittersweet photos of koalas wearing mittens made and sent in by concerned and creative animal lovers.

A huge thank you to everyone who has been busy sewing koala mittens. Our first fire rescue girl is on the mend and...

Posted by Jirrahlinga Koala and Wildlife Sanctuary on Monday, December 28, 2015

The Sanctuary is taking care of all animals displaced and injured by the fires, including kangaroos. So people are also making pouches for joeys to keep them safe and warm.

The pouches are accepted all year round, but they are especially needed during bushfire season.

Bushfires are common in Australia during the hotter months of the year, and they are incredibly destructive.

The cuteness of the mittens and pouches doesn't take away from how much of a bummer the whole situation is, but it's nice to see people doing what they can to help.

And come on, is there anything a koala does that isn't adorable?

Actually, yes. Their bodies learn to handle and digest the bacteria in eucalyptus because they eat their mothers' poop when they're babies.

But then again, that'll get you thinking about baby koalas, so, still pretty cute!

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