A burnt koala skull was among the dead or injured wildlife found in Peregian bushland when volunteers were given the all-clear to search the area. Photo: Queensland Koala Crusaders
A burnt koala skull was among the dead or injured wildlife found in Peregian bushland when volunteers were given the all-clear to search the area. Photo: Queensland Koala Crusaders

Burnt koala skull found in fire-ravaged Peregian

WHILE most of the Sunshine Coast was battling a Christmas lunch food coma, dedicated volunteers were scouring Peregian bushland looking for injured wildlife.

Volunteers from Queensland Koala Crusaders and Wildcare Australia were given the all-clear to enter the bushfire-ravaged area on Wednesday and immediately started their search for wildlife.

"The fire area sadly includes good-quality koala and greater glider habitat and was very intense in parts," a Wildcare representative said.

DEVASTATING DISCOVERY: Volunteers found this burnt koala skull while searching Peregian bushland. Photo: Queensland Koala Crusaders
DEVASTATING DISCOVERY: Volunteers found this burnt koala skull while searching Peregian bushland. Photo: Queensland Koala Crusaders

A burnt koala skull that was found during the search devastated volunteers and supporters.

"Worst fears confirmed. RIP little mate," volunteers wrote.

When found, injured animals in the bushfire-affected area will be immediately taken to Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital or RSPCA Queensland Wildlife Hospital for veterinary attention.

Anyone wanting to support the wildlife hospitals and volunteers is urged to donate and drop off food and blankets.


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