Australians save animals as fires rage

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Australian volunteers have struggled to save wild animals as bushfires rage in the country's southeast.

Tracy Burgess has cared for a possum round the clock - since it was scorched by fires outside Sydney.

The animal was put on an IV before Burgess found a little surprise in its pouch.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) W.I.R.E.S. (WILDLIFE INFORMATION, RESCUE AND EDUCATION SERVICES) VOLUNTEER CARER AND RESCUER, TRACY BURGESS, SAYING:

"It took two of us to hold her down in order to have a look in the pouch and once we go the pouch open, a tiny little hand came out with claws on it. So, yeah, there's a pinkie (unfurred baby possum) in there. Little baby unfurred possum. So she's a ferocious mother who has clearly done her best for bub."

Kangaroos have also been hard hit by the fires.

The animals often try to find refuge in peoples homes.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) LOCAL RESIDENT, JENNY BIBAOUI SAYING:

"This summer in particular, we've noticed a lot of kangaroos in the bush just behind our fence and even on the street, come dusk time. They're looking for food and water because it's been so dry, and the drought, nothing is growing."

The fires have swallowed up more than 10 million acres since September.

However, there are no offiicial numbers of the impact on wildlife.

Rescue services say calls to help animals are becoming rare.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) W.I.R.E.S. (WILDLIFE INFORMATION, RESCUE AND EDUCATION SERVICES) VOLUNTEER CARER AND RESCUER, TRACY BURGESS, SAYING:

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We're not getting that many animals coming into care. So, our concern is that they don't come into care because they're not there anymore, basically,"

Normally - wildlife groups discourage people from feeding wild animals.

However, with some of the worst fires Australia's ever seen...

...they're asking people to help when they can with food and water.