Source: 9th Brigade - Australian Army / Facebook

Soldiers fighting Australia bushfires are spending their time off cuddling displaced koalas



To help out firefighters who have been tackling bushfires across Australia, many of whom are volunteers, the Australian government recently took the unprecedented step to call up 3,000 reservists to aid in firefighting and evacuation efforts. Just like the firefighters, many of these soldiers have been working long days for weeks on end.

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And while you might think that the soldiers would want to get some rest during any downtime they get, many have instead been volunteering at wildlife parks across the nation to help care for displaced animals.

Soldiers from the South Australian and Tasmanian 16 Regiment Emergency Support Force recently went viral after their unit's Facebook page shared photos of them cuddling and feeding koalas. 

"16 Regiment Emergency Support Force has been using their rest periods to lend a helping hand at the Cleland Wildlife Park," the unit explained in a Facebook post. "Supporting our furry friends during feeding time and by building climbing mounts inside the park. A great morale boost for our hard-working team in the Adelaide Hills."

And yes, the photos are just as adorable as you'd imagine.

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Source: 9th Brigade - Australian Army / Facebook

The Australian Army has also helped the nation's wildlife by deploying army veterinarians to help out at shelters.

"Army Vet Captain Garnett Hall and members of 9th Brigade have been deployed to Kangaroo Island," the Australian Army explained. "One of their many tasks is to assist the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park with the large number of injured wildlife at the park."

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"CAPT Hall is a reservist from 13th Brigade in Perth and joined the #AusArmyReserves in 2004 after his father, a Vietnam Veteran, encouraged him to join for the opportunity to learn, travel and serve his country. Thank you to the great work of the park and our reservists who are helping out the Kangaroo Island Community."

The koalas definitely seem to appreciating the love from members of the 9th Brigade too. 

Source: 9th Brigade - Australian Army / Facebook
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Soldiers from the unit also helped prepare a new garden for displaced koalas during their visit. 

Source: 9th Brigade - Australian Army / Facebook

Unsurprisingly, people loved the effort of the soldiers.

"Well done to everyone involved," one user wrote.

While another added: "What a priceless photo of such great helpers. It brings tears of joy to my eyes. Thank you, our camouflage angels."


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