Koalas suffer in fire

MIKKIRA Station was among properties burnt in the Sleaford Mere fire on Sunday but it was too early to tell yesterday what impact the fire might have had on the local koala colony.

Bet De La Perrelle lives at Mikkira Station and her house was one of the ones to be saved from the flames.

“I left as soon as it started because it started not far from Mikkira,” Mrs De La Perrelle said.

“I went straight down to my brother’s place, Koodinga.”

Her brother Bob Theakstone and his sons went to Mikkira to protect her house, along with the CFS and a number of other private fire units.

“Other people were coming in from everywhere, we felt we were very protected.”

Mrs De La Perrelle said she didn’t know what impact the fire had had on the koala population.

“Quite a lot of scrub burnt (but) there are a lot of gum trees left.”

Her daughter Helen De La Perrelle said there were still lots of manna gums or “koala trees” left that had not been burnt.

She hoped any koalas that were in the path of the fire had been able to find their way to another tree where they would be safe.

Clint Woods found an injured koala on the Fishery Bay Road on Monday morning and waited with it for more than four hours for animal rescue to arrive.

He said the animal had small burns on its hands and feet and some scorching on its body.

“He was not looking too well.”

Mr Woods said he had not seen much wildlife around the fire ground but he did see a kangaroo crossing the road nearby.

Mikkira Station is now closed and people can keep up to date on when it will reopen through its Facebook page.

WELCOME DRINK: Clint Woods found this injured koala on the side of the road to Fishery Bay yesterday morning. He gave it water and waited for animal rescue to pick it up. Photographs: Ron Campbell Television News

WELCOME DRINK: Clint Woods found this injured koala on the side of the road to Fishery Bay yesterday morning. He gave it water and waited for animal rescue to pick it up. Photographs: Ron Campbell Television News