Overwhelming response from UK public to appeal for mittens to help koalas injured in bushfires

Alyse Garcia Bell Product Specialist (800)-468-9353 x5052 fax # 856-661-3450 abe
Friday, 9 January, 2015
London, UK

UK animal lovers have given a fantastic response to an appeal by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to make mittens for koalas injured in the Australian bushfires – so much so that rescuers now have all they need for the rest of the dry season.

IFAW has been inundated with offers of help from members of the public, in the UK and around the world, who responded in their droves to the public appeal. This is enabling IFAW to supply cotton mittens for use by carers and vets who requested them as they treat koalas, one of Australia’s most iconic species, which have suffered burns in bushfires in South Australia and Victoria.

The slow-moving animals are all too often the sad victims of bushfires. Typically injured koalas come into care with severe burns, especially on their paws, caused by contact with burning trees or from fleeing across fire grounds. These injuries need treatment with burns cream and mittens can be helpful with the healing process by offering further protection.

UK Director of IFAW, Philip Mansbridge, said: “It has been inspirational to see the reaction from people in the UK and around the world who have cared enough to share this story or to sew mittens for Australia’s koalas. It’s fantastic that the British public have done their bit to help some of the wildlife with which we share our planet.”

IFAW native wildlife campaigner Josey Sharrad added: “Thanks to international support, we now have enough mittens to see us through these current bushfires. The IFAW team in Australia would like to send a heartfelt thank you to all those people who have helped us – the response has been truly amazing.”

To find out more about IFAW’s work to help koalas and other animals around the world, visit www.ifaw.org


For more information or to arrange interviews please contact Rebekka Thompson-Jones, Communications manager in Australia on mobile + 61 (0)401 090 034 or email rthompson@ifaw.org

Alternatively contact Clare Sterling at IFAW UK on +44 (0)20 7587 6708, mobile +44 (0)7917 507717, email csterling@ifaw.org or visit www.ifaw.org

About IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) Founded in 1969, IFAW saves animals in crisis around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit www.ifaw.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

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