Times Online caption reads: "David Tree, from Mirboo North County Fire Authority, goes to the aid of a docile and thirsty Koala Bear"
171 people are known to be dead as a result of the bushfires and the number is expected to rise. The Australian government is launching a public enquiry aimed at what is said to be the "most lethal bushfires in its history ..."
5000 people are homeless because of the fires and that number is also expected to rise.
To make things worse, there is speculation that some of the fires may have been deliberately set, or reset.
The toll on animal life must be horrendous.
Mercy. May it rain!
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