The whole world is watching Australia right now as they are just starting their summer and already facing a disastrous season. There are fires burning out of control. Right now more than 3.6 million hectares of land have burnt and everyone is concerned about the damaging effects of the roaring fires. The Australian locals are facing hardships and terrifying circumstances that are going to result in a huge economic and ecological impact. Australia is known for their Koala bears, kangaroos, the vast outback and of course the most famous Australian spokesperson ever, the late Steve Irwin. Steve Irwin’s son, Robert Irwin, has done his best to fill his dads shoes since his passing and is doing a wonderful job. He is a conservationist and has dedicated his life to raising awareness about wildlife and the true beauty of nature. The “Crocodile Hunter’s” son and wife have taken to the news media to try to explain the immense devastation that Australia and the animals living there are now facing. The truth is serious and very emotional. Right now Australia has lost an estimated 500,000,000 animals to these horrific fires.
Robert Irwin is a 16-year-old Australian TV personality and wildlife photographer. His father and mother are the famed Steve and Terri Irwin.
Robert is a spitting image of his late father Steve who passed away doing what he loves during a deadly accident with a stingray during filming.
The Sunrise news channel contacted Robert and His mother Terri to discuss the impact of these wild bushfires and their explanation is the daunting truth that Australia will have to face.
Even talking about the devastation brings Robert Irwin to tears. It’s hard hearing how bad the effects of these fires really are.
Koala bears are already recognized as a fragile species on the brink of endangerment. They are the stewards of Australia and one of the most well-known creatures in the world.
They are slow moving and climb up to escape danger. They cannot outrun fires and fires climb up so they are facing a deadly scenario with not much hope.
People are banding together to try to save as many koala bears as they can before it’s too late.
Officials say that Australia has already lost an estimated half a billion animals to these fires.
These fires are being fueled by incredibly hot summer temperatures and strong winds. There are 3 more months of summer left leaving little hope for this disaster to end anytime soon.
More than Koalas are being affected as well. Sheep, horses, kangaroos, all livestock and many other species are dying in vast numbers. The koala population is definitely going to be on the endangered species list when all the data is collected.
Watch the hard truth explained by Terri and Robert Irwin in the news interview below.
Watching Robert Irwin, who is an Australian ambassador for these gentle creatures, tear up is hard to watch. You can tell how much he really cares about all life, especially the lives that surround him daily.
Everyone on social media agrees that his emotions carry a weight that will bring recognition and awareness to this cause. Everyone is standing behind Australia right now offering any help possible.
Take a look at what these social media commenters have to say:
Steve Irwin would definitely be in tears over this disaster.
Very well done indeed. Robert Irwin and his family have saved over 90,000 animals.
The animals have nowhere to go. It is up to the communities and other outside help to save them.
He has big shoes to fill but is doing a fine job. His father would be very proud.
The whole world is heart-broken from the effects of these bushfires. The summer season is just beginning making for a terrifying future.
If he is anything like his dad, these struggles will only make him try harder to help out our animal friends.
Australia can use help from the rest of the world right now more than ever.
Heartbreaking is the best description for the circumstances that Australia is facing today.
We need to band together and protect all things pure in times of danger and uncertainty.
When you see an ambassador with such a big heart tear up while discussing the out of control fires, it really brings a heaviness to how important these animals are. How devastating this fire actually is. The world is heartbroken right now and we may end up losing multiple species because of the scale of this destruction. Only the remaining days of this summer season will tell what the future holds for the animals being affected by these bushfires.