Animal Group Requesting Mittens For Koalas With Burnt Paws
An animal charity is appealing for the public to make or donate mittens for koala bears who have been injured in Australian bushfires.
Bushfires have raged on across various parts of Australia over the last week and many koala bears have either perished or suffered as a result of the blazes.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is asking the public to help the saved koala bears with their rehabilitation by donating or creating mittens for their burnt paws.
“Many koalas perish in bushfires, while the lucky ones that survive are often badly injured and need intensive treatment by vets and dedicated wildlife carers,” IFAW told the Guardian. “Injured koalas typically come into care with severe burns, especially on their paws, caused by contact with burning trees or from fleeing across fire grounds.”
The mittens being requested are special cotton mittens that help with the koalas’ treatment. They have to be made of clean, 100 per cent cotton.
“Just like any burns victim, koalas’ dressings need changing daily, meaning a constant supply of mittens is needed by wildlife carers. Some burned koalas can take up to a year to fully recover,” Josey Sharrad, an IFAW native wildlife campaigner, said.
For those who are willing to help, Sharrad suggests using old cotton sheets or tea towels. The mittens are relatively easy to sew, even for those whose handiwork is amateur, thanks to the koala mitten pattern that the IFAW has supplied.
Seems like a weekend project for a worthwhile cause.