CONCERNS: Wildlife carers are unable to get into fire zones to look for animals.
CONCERNS: Wildlife carers are unable to get into fire zones to look for animals.

Zone too hot to look for injured wildlife

ANIMALS have been walking out of the bushfires with injuries and burns, Granite Belt Wildlife Carers vice-president Ruth Bott said.

"There has been a lot of possums, turtle and lizards," Ruth said.

"Some koalas also, but we are hoping the faster animals like wallabies and kangaroos got out before the fire got them."

The care group has already got many animals in care due to the drought conditions but Ruth said they were now treating animals for burns and lack of food due to the fires.

"They are very hungry, this will be the real aftermath," she said. "There will be a lack of food, in particular for birds and lizards and things like that.

"And no green leaf for koalas or possums."

Rescuers are unable to get into the fire zone areas to try and find injured animals.

"The fire ground is too hot and smouldering so it is for our own safety," Ruth said.

Ruth said Stanthorpe Vet Care had been wonderful in helping to treat the animals.

"And people have gone to extraordinary lengths to help by taking animals on back roads to get them to us and contributions and medical supplies."