Lonely Planet Writer

Australians asked to donate mittens for injured koalas

A koala rests in a eucalyptus tree.
A koala rests in a eucalyptus tree. Image by Nicki Mannix / CC BY 2.0

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in Australia has appealed to locals to donate 100% cotton mittens to help with the care of koalas injured in the bushfires in South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales in the past week. The IFAW said: ‘Injured koalas typically come into care with severe burns, especially on their paws, caused by contact with burning trees or from fleeing across fire grounds… These injuries need treatment with burns cream and paws need to be protected with special cotton mittens.’ The organisation has posted a simple pattern to make the mittens which need to be changed regularly.  Read more: theguardian.com