Members of the Australian army have been among the country’s servicemembers fighting the fires that have ravaged the country over the past few months. Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, has enlisted the help of 3,000 reserve soldiers to assist in firefighting efforts, and even though no one would blame these hard-working fighters for taking a break during their time off, many of them have decided to dedicate their time to a more noble effort: helping koalas.
The country’s koala population has been devastated by the fires, and many of the adorable animals have been left orphaned, homeless, and injured. But members of the 9th Brigade have been doing their part to help some of the koalas at the Cleland Wildlife Park. Photos of the service members spending time with the cute critters have gone viral since they were posted a few days ago, and it’s easy to see why:
The 9th Brigade has been helping the wildlife park in a number of ways, including by feeding the koalas and building mounts for them within the park.
While the koalas certainly benefit from the hard work of these dedicated Aussies, there’s no doubt that being able to spend time with such cute animals that their efforts have helped save is also helpful for the soldiers, too!
After all, it’s not every day you get to snuggle and feed a koala, even in Australia. These soldiers’ efforts are very appreciated by the staff members at the park, the koalas themselves, and of course, every animal lover around the world.
Of all the tragedy that has come from these bushfires, it’s beautiful to see so many people coming together to help creatures in need.
All images from 9th Brigade-Australian Army via Facebook