Warning: Distressing content.
Last week, Helen Oakley was hiking at Cape Bridgewater, Victoria, when she stumbled upon dozens of dead koalas. As she discovered, a recent logging operation in the state’s south-west had destroyed the local koalas’ natural habitat.
The Portland resident found many koalas dead and decomposed, while others who had survived the ‘massacre’ were distressed and displaced.
“Australia should be ashamed,” Helen tearfully recounted in a Facebook video that has since gone viral. “They’ve bulldozed 140 acres down and just killed all of our koalas…
“Nobody has done anything. Look at the destruction they’ve done,” Helen continued. The local resident shared photos of the koalas to her Facebook, showing the state the natural fauna had been left in.
Victoria's Environment Minister has since confirmed that at least 40 koalas have died. This includes 25 who have had to be euthanased by vets due to injuries. More are currently being assessed, with reports suggesting many are suffering from extreme starvation.
Public outrage has, of course, ensued.
Adding to the great distress of this carnage is the devastation only recently experienced by Australia's koala population due to the bushfires. On Kangaroo Island alone, 30,000 koalas were killed.
Consequently, koalas are at a greater risk than ever before to be listed as endangered. Australians watched as videos emerged of burnt animals escaping their ravaged habitats, feeling hopeless and helpless.
Disturbingly, this case of killed koalas is directly due to human action.