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Pictures of Koalas Cooling Off in a River to Escape the Sun’s Heat.

Every day, heartbreaking images and videos that show how big the fires in Australia are are coming out. Snaps that are powerful are making waves on social media right now. Photographs of the Murray River in Tocumwal, New South Wales, were taken by Lorene McRae, a resident of the area.

The pictures are heartwarming because they show small groups of koalas trying to stay out of the heat of the bush fires. So they can cool off in the Murray River’s water, because it is hot outside.

This is what Lorene said in a Facebook post: “Amidst all the horror and heartache of our beautiful wildlife, I thought it might be nice to share a “feel good” story.” In Tocumwal, I was camping by the Murray River. I was lucky enough to choose a spot where there were a lot of koalas.

According to the woman, touching scenes like this happen all the time. The group climbed down the riverbanks at dawn to sleep on the damp logs, on the sand, or in the roots of fallen trees. A few times a week, “they would go back to sleep by putting their bottoms in the water.” In the evening, they went back to the trees. This happened every day.

The situation in Australia is very bad because the most recent reports say that at least one billion animals have died in the bushfires. Unfortunately, koalas, which are one of the most well-known animals in Australia, are among the animals most affected by the disaster.

Koalas were killed on the Kangaroo Island alone at least 25,000 of them. More than half of the koala population on Kangaroo Island is likely to be koalas, says Sam Mitchell, co-owner of the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park on the island.

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