Australia fires: heartbreaking footage shows hundreds of charred animal carcasses

6 January 2020, 12:27

By Maddie Goodfellow

Heartbreaking footage showing the burnt out remains of hundreds of dead koalas and kangaroos lining the sides of a road near a town in New South Wales.

The latest figures estimate that 480 million animals have perished in the Australian bushfires, including mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs and insects .

It comes as the human death toll of the fires rises to 24 and more than 2,000 homes were destroyed.

The footage, which was posted to social media, was accompanied by the caption: "Absolutely gut wrenching drive into Batlow this morning. Never seen anything like it.

"It’s completely heartbreaking. Worst thing I’ve seen. Story must be told."

The wildfires have been raging across Australia since September
The wildfires have been raging across Australia since September. Picture: PA
Firefighters have been desperately trying to save the animals
Firefighters have been desperately trying to save the animals. Picture: PA

Ecologists from the University of Sydney have warned that some species could be on the brink of extinction as a result of the blazes.

The flames are thought to have wiped out a third of Australia's Koala population, whose numbers are already dangerously low.

Thousands of kangaroos and koalas are also feared dead on Kangaroo Island after the fires decimated protected nature reserves.

New South Wales Rural Fire Service confirmed that there are still 146 fires raging across Australia, with 65 of these yet to be contained by firefighters.

Nature Conservation Council ecologist Mark Graham told the Australian parliament that the fires have burned ‘so hot and so fast’ that there has been ‘significant mortality’ of animals, particularly in trees.

He added: ‘There is such a big area now that is still on fire and still burning that we will probably never find the bodies.’

Latest World News

See more Latest World News

Ukraine has retaken Snake Island after Moscow's troops abandoned the strategic outpost in what Russia's Defence Ministry has described as a 'goodwill gesture'.

Putin's humiliation as Russian troops retreat from Snake Island after Ukrainian rocket onslaught

President Joe Biden listens as Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson speaks

Ketanji Brown Jackson to be sworn in as US Supreme Court justice

An investigator works outside the Bataclan concert hall (Christophe Ena/PA)

Life without parole for surviving extremist who carried out Paris attacks

A shark is seen swimming across a sand bar (Phil Marcelo/AP)

Great white sharks head to Cape Cod as busy tourist season gets under way

Police outside the Bataclan concert hall in Paris (Catherine Wylie/PA)

Men convicted of involvement in 2015 terror attacks in Paris

Salah Abdeslam is believed to be the only surviving member of the group that killed 130 people in the 2015 Paris attacks

Islamic State member found guilty of mass murder for 2015 Paris terror attacks

Vatican Pope Pelosi

Pro-choice Nancy Pelosi receives communion at Vatican despite home city ban

Workers clear debris at the Kremenchuk shopping centre damaged in the Russian rocket attack

Search ongoing for 20 missing after Russian strike on Ukraine shopping centre

People attend a community vigil for the dozens of people found dead in a trailer in San Antonio

‘Difficult process’ identifying Texas lorry trailer death victims – authorities

World Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

US abortion ruling ‘a setback’ that will cost lives, says WHO chief

Dutch farmers protesting against government plans gather for a demonstration at Stroe

Dutch PM condemns farmers’ protests at minister’s home

Cassidy Hutchinson, former aide to Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, is sworn in by committee chairman Bennie Thompson

Trump dismissed January 6 threats and wanted to join crowd, says former aide

India Killing

Hindu tailor killed in cleaver attack amid religious tensions in India

The superyacht Amadea, which was seized by the US from a Russian oligarch

£25bn from Russian oligarchs frozen in multinational seizure effort

Travis Barker is been hospitalised in LA

Travis Barker's family plea for 'prayers' after drummer hospitalised with mystery illness

Airbnb has permanently banned parties at all its properties

Airbnb permanently bans parties at all properties around the world