Food is Raining Down for Australian Animals Affected by Wildfires

The recent bushfires in Australia have affected far more than just the country’s citizens.

Acres upon acres of trees and plants have been destroyed, leaving those animals who have survived with very little to eat. Thankfully, people are coming to the rescue. 

The Australian government has devised a plan to assist New South Wales’ endangered wallaby population which has been one of the hardest hit. Operation Rocky Wallaby involves releasing thousands of kilograms of vegetables over Australia’s wilderness via helicopter. 

“The wallabies typically survive the fire itself, but are then left stranded with limited natural food as the fire takes out the vegetation around their rocky habitat,” said Energy and Environment Minister, Matt Kean. “The wallabies were already under stress from the ongoing drought, making survival challenging for the wallabies without assistance. 

The food drops include carrots and sweet potatoes, with many animals already enjoying their veggies.