MONEY NEEDED: A koala rescued after the Granite Belt bush fires is hand fed by a carer. Hundreds of native Australian animals are expected to die from exposure, starvation and injuries following the recent bush fires.
MONEY NEEDED: A koala rescued after the Granite Belt bush fires is hand fed by a carer. Hundreds of native Australian animals are expected to die from exposure, starvation and injuries following the recent bush fires. Kiara Hill

Wildlife loss after fires: 'They'll suffer painful death'

WHILE there are countless human victims of the Granite Belt bushfires, spare a thought for wildlife trapped in the inferno.

Wildlife Carers Toowoomba Region coordinator Maree Butlin said hundreds of small creatures were injured or killed.

"There are animals out there that are going to stave because all of the vegetation is burnt away or they are injured and can not get to food sources," Ms Butlin said.

"They will suffer a long, painful death."

It will take days before carers can asses death toll as they wait for access to forested areas.

The animals include already endangered species such as koalas, wallabies, bandicoot, possums and ground dwelling marsupials.

Ms Butlin put a call out for donations for carers in the Granite Belt and was inundated with blankets, cages, bottles and medical supplies. The call out was shared more than 800 times.

"We did not expect such an out-pouring from the community," Ms Butlin said.

"We are so grateful to the community for donating these items."

The group is still collecting for Granite Belt carers, but it no longer needs items.

Instead it asked for money to buy medical supplies, food supplements and fuel. 

If you would like to make a financial donation, you can visit www.gbwildlifecarers.org.au and click the donate button.

Cash donations to Herriot House Veterinary Surgery can be made, but online donations are preferred. 

NOTE: A previous version of this story incorrectly spelt Ms Butlin's name. We apologise for the error.


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