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Irwin family help 90,000th animal during Australia bushfires


Wildfires have been devastating much of Australia since September, with 12.35 million acres burned nationwide, nine people killed, and more than 1,000 homes destroyed.  And they show no signs of stopping, with New South Wales declaring a state of emergency last week as fires in that area are expected to worsen. 

Ecologists at the University of Sydney are now estimating that as many as 480 million mammals, birds, and reptiles have been killed, directly or indirectly, by the fires. Among them are 8,000 koalas who are believed to have perished in New South Wales, which would represent nearly a third of the state's pre-fire population.