Group urges people to donate mittens for koalas

Wildfires in parts of Australia are endangering not only people but also koalas. One group, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), is asking people to help the injured koalas by donating mittens.

The IFAW says koalas are slow-moving and typically get injured with severe burns, especially on their paws, because of contact with burning trees or from running across fire grounds. The injuries need treatment with burn cream and paws need to be protected before the koalas can be returned to the wild.

That's why the IFAW is asking people to make mittens since some burned koalas can take up to a year to fully recover. IFAW has even provided a link (PDF) of the mittens pattern.

You can also get more information from AMWRRO here.