In one of Port Macquarie Koala Hospital’s intensive care units "Flame" is climbing again for the fire time in weeks.
His fur is shorter than usual and brown in parts, telltale signs of his brush with death.
The koala, nicknamed by his rescuer, was brought in with burnt paws and a burnt nose, and patches of singed fur.
For about six weeks he huddled in his basket, but now he has enough strength to painstakingly ascend the branch frames in his room. He is sleeping today.
Located almost 390km north of Sydney, the koala hospital has seen a flood of patients as Australia’s wildfire crisis takes a heavy toll on the animals and their habitat.
As ferocious blazes have destroyed 8.4 million hectares…