Koala car­nage in hor­ror blaze

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS -

IT is feared hundreds of koalas have been burned alive by an out-of-con­trol bush­fire in north­ern NSW that has raged unchecked for days in the heart­land of the an­i­mals’ prime habi­tat.

The blaze, re­port­edly caused by a light­ning strike near Port Mac­quarie, has burned more than 2000 hectares, in­clud­ing an im­por­tant koala breed­ing ground. Port Mac­quarie Koala Hos­pi­tal pres­i­dent Sue Ash­ton said the loss was a tragedy “of na­tional sig­nif­i­cance”.

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