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Australian Army Soldiers Spend Their Free Time Cuddling Koalas Rescued From Bushfires

The Australian Army volunteered to help care for the many koalas who had lost their homes.

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(TMU) — During the devastating fires that have destroyed thousands of acres since September of last year, the famous Aussie spirit of standing together has been stronger than ever. The Australian Army joined firefighters risking their lives to fight and contain the fires and rescue injured wildlife.

Soldiers also volunteered to help care for the many koalas who had lost their homes, which also happen to be their only source of food.

Posted by Australian Army on Monday, January 27, 2020

Pictures uploaded to the Australian Army Facebook page show men and women from the South Australian and Tasmania 16 Regiment Emergency Support Forces caring for, cuddling, and feeding koalas to make sure they get enough nutrients and care after their harrowing experience prior to being rescued.

Posted by Australian Army on Monday, January 27, 2020

Using their rest time, the soldiers stopped at the Cleland Wildlife Park in South Australia to help with the traumatized koalas before returning to the Adelaide hills for their next shift of battling to get the bush fires under control.

“A great morale boost for our hard working team in the Adelaide Hills,” read the caption on their Facebook post.

The photos show the compassion of the battle weary soldiers and the reality of the utter devastation of the bushfires which decimated the koala population. Koalas may soon be classified as an endangered species after thousands perished in the fires. It is estimated that 80% of the koalas on Kangaroo Island alone perished in the massive bushfires.

Posted by Australian Army on Monday, January 27, 2020

According to Minister of the Environment Sussan Ley, the koala population had taken an “extraordinary hit” as a result of the bushfires. A $50 million funding package to help animal populations bounce back once the bush fires have been contained and put out was recently announced.

While unveiling the additional funding, Ley told reporters, “It may be necessary… to see whether in certain parts of the country, koalas move from where they are, which is often vulnerable, up to endangered.”

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Many animal rescue and rehabilitation centers are in desperate need of funds for medical equipment and medicines, help at their centers, and foster families to help rehabilitate some of the animals affected. If you would like to donate, help at the centers, or be a foster carer for injured koalas and kangaroos, please get in touch with your nearest rescue or rehabilitation center.

By Jade Small | Creative Commons | TheMindUnleashed.com

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Scientists Catch a Glimpse of a Ultra-Rare Giant Phantom Jelly, With Bizarre Ribbon-Like Arms

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Researchers have seen a large deep-sea jellyfish with the assistance of a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) named Doc Ricketts off the coast of California, in an extremely rare sighting. The footage revealed the creature’s unique and exquisite features.

The uncommon encounter was documented in November this year, 990 meters (3,200 ft) deep in Monterey Bay, according to a report issued by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI).

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The enigmatic phantom jellyfish was initially discovered in 1899, but scientists did not recognize it as a distinct species until 1960. Scientists still know very little about this creature.

The specimen of the huge phantom jelly has only been seen 110 times in 110 years across the world. According to the MBARI research, despite thousands of dives, their ROVs have only observed this amazing species nine times.

The huge phantom jellyfish has the following characteristics:

The bell of this deep-sea denizen is more than one meter (3.3 feet) broad, with four ribbon-like oral (or mouth) arms that can grow to be more than 10 meters (33 feet) long, according to an MBARI report.

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The species is said to inhabit anywhere between the surface and 21,900 feet in depth. It does, however, remain in the twilight zone, which is just beyond the reach of sunlight.

The organism, formally known as ‘Stygiomedusa gigantea’, is found all across the planet except in the Arctic Ocean, according to the experts.

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It’s worth noting that, in the past, scientists depended on trawl-nets to examine deep-sea species; but, the jellies, which transform into a viscous goo in trawl nets, were difficult to research using this outdated method. Fish, crabs, and squids are among the only creatures that can be effectively studied from nets.

Researchers may now examine these creatures in their native habitat with high-definition footage thanks to the robot cams. I, personally, prefer this “no-touch” approach.

Watch the mesmerizing video here:

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Dolphin Swims Through Louisiana Neighborhood in Aftermath of Hurricane Ida

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A Louisiana family was shocked to find a dolphin swimming through their neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.

Amanda Huling and her family were assessing the damage to their neighborhood in Slidell, Louisiana, when they noticed the dolphin swimming through the inundated suburban landscape.

In video shot by Huling, the marine mammal’s dorsal fin can be seen emerging from the water.

“The dolphin was still there as of last night but I am in contact with an organization who is going to be rescuing it within the next few days if it is still there,” Huling told FOX 35.

Ida slammed into the coast of Louisiana this past weekend. The Category 4 hurricane ravaged the power grid of the region, plunging residents of New Orleans and upwards of 1 million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi into the dark for an indefinite period of time.

Officials have warned that the damage has been so extensive that it could take weeks to repair the power grid, reports Associated Press.

Also in Slidell, a 71-year-old man was attacked by an alligator over the weekend while he was in his flooded shed. The man went missing and is assumed dead, reports WDSU.

Internet users began growing weary last year about the steady stream of stories belonging to a “nature is healing” genre, as people stayed indoors and stories emerged about animals taking back their environs be it in the sea or in our suburbs.

However, these latest events are the surreal realities of a world in which extreme weather events are fast becoming the new normal – disrupting our lives in sometimes predictable, and occasionally shocking and surreal, ways.

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