These Rescued Koalas Need Tiny Mittens To Protect Their Burned Paws

Volunteers are sewing and donating koala mittens to help some of the smallest victims of Australia’s bushfires; you can help out, too!


Credit: Jirrahlinga Koala and Wildlife Sanctuary

A number of humans and animals have been adversely affected by runaway bushfires in Victoria, Australia.

Not only have about 160 homes been consumed from the blazes, koalas, kangaroos, possums, wallabies, and more are being driven from their habitats and are suffering in the process.

Thankfully, the Jirrahlinga Koala and Wildlife Sanctuary exists to assist the displaced animals.

Tehree Gordon, the founder and director of the sanctuary, shared with SBS News that the staff is doing its best to assist all the animals rescued from the environmental disaster, but still can’t go into the charred area “because it is too dangerous.” 

For this reason, the sanctuary preparing for an influx of injured animals, and is asking for assistance from the world to help make the process easier.

A number of wounded birds have already been taken in, but it is expected that many young kangaroos and koalas will soon need care. The sanctuary is asking for mittens to be sewn and donated to protect the koalas’ paws which may be burnt from the blaze. In addition, they’re asking for pouches for baby joeys and possums to comfort them during their healing journey. 

Concerned animal lovers with a penchant for arts and crafts are already getting to work sewing mittens, and you can get involved, too!

A pattern for the mittens follows.

When the mittens are finished, please send them to the following address:

Taits Rd, Barwon Heads – PO Box 1079, Barwon Heads VIC 3227.

If you feel inspired to help the sanctuary but aren’t keen on sewing, you can donate to help the displaced animals.

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