School Gym Turns Into Makeshift Koala Hospital
Bushfire-ravaged koalas are being cared for in a school gym in Adelaide's north east, as wildlife rescuers do their best to save the population.
More than 100 marsupials are living in a 'tent city' that's been set up at the makeshift hospital, which includes intensive care and burns units, as well as a special baby koala section.
Each animal is named, and has a medical record.
The centre was established in the wake of the devastating and fatal Cudlee Creek fire that tore through the Adelaide Hills on December 20.
"It's quite a reality check to be honest," said volunteer Sarah Thayer.
"Watching them all suffer... but they've got really good carers and they're being really well looked after."
Thayer is a FIFO worker from Western Australia with vet nurse experience, who is spending her days off in Adelaide caring for injured wildlife.
"I've just come over to help out and do my bit because I've got a week off," she told 10 News First.
While the Adelaide Koala Rescue organisation operates all year round, the recent fires have seen hundreds more little patients needing help.
150 volunteers man the centre 24 hours a day, with some even coming from interstate and overseas.
They've already been able to release 35 koalas back into the wild, but sadly about 40 have been so badly injured they've had to be euthanised.
The organisation is under pressure to relocate before school returns at the end of the month. If you can help, head to the Adelaide Koala Rescue Facebook page.