The Irwin family continues Steve Irwin’s legacy by rescuing and saving wildlife that are in danger.
Most recently, Bindi Irwin, Steve’s daughter, and all of the Irwin family have rescued and treated over 90,000 animals that were injured in Australia’s recent devastating wildfires.
Ollie, an orphaned platypus, came in at number 90,000 at the Wildlife Hospital, according to Robert Irwin, Steve’s son. The announcement was made on Instagram and features a precious black and white photo of a fluffy baby platypus fast asleep in cupped hands.
Robert went on to say in his caption that the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, which is owned and operated by the Irwin family, has provided 24/7 rehabilitation and animal rescue service for 16 years. Their conservation properties are not endangered by the Australian fires.
Bindi also posted on her social media, saying, “With so many devastating fires within Australia, my heart breaks for the people and wildlife who have lost so much.”
The fires have been ravaging Australia’s wildlife. Almost a third of koalas in the New South Wales region have reportedly been killed in deadly bushfires. This past Saturday, three fires combined to form a single blaze that measured bigger than Manhattan. It is said to be the most catastrophic day in the devastating bushfire season, according to Australian firefighters.
So far, at least 24 people have died, and more than 1,300 houses have been destroyed in the New South Wales region alone.