People All Around The World Are Sewing Pouches For Australian Animals
With colossal numbers of animals displaced by the crisis - from koalas to kangaroo joeys and sugar gliders - rescue services are in desperate need of extra resources.
That's why rescue group Animal Rescue Craft Guide (ARCG) rolled out an urgent request for materials - and knitters around the world have united to send donations flooding in.
Volunteers are crafting pouches for roos, crocheted birds' nests, mittens and sweaters for the orphaned animals.
Creatures like wombats, possums and koalas require pouches to grow, so the knitted items are vital to their survival.
Participants are given free templates to work from and the final items are then sent to rescue centres across Australia.
ARCG operates across five states in the country. In mid-2019 the guild had just 1000 members. By 1st January, that figure had risen to 23,000.
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The project began with volunteers making coats and blankets for dogs and cats, but as the fires continued to blaze and the devastation increased, the team widened its range of templates and membership soared.
Support for the venture has come from school children, care homes for the elderly and prison groups.
Word has spread, and donations are coming from thousands of miles away - as far afield as Singapore, Finland and the UK.
To date, the fires have scorched through over 18 million acres of land, destroying the lives and habitats of half a billion animals in New South Wales alone.
With no food and their habitat destroyed, animals have been left starving and vulnerable.
Kangaroos and koalas have been hit especially badly. Almost a third of NSW's koala population has been killed.
Featured Image Credit: Credit: Instagram / @animalrescuecraftguild