Australia drops thousands of pounds of carrots, sweet potatoes from helicopters for wallabies affected by fires

by Jordyn Pair · Jan 13th, 2020 11:36 am
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Last Updated Jan 13th, 2020 at 12:29 pm

The New South Wales government has dropped more than 2,000 pounds of sweet potatoes and carrots from helicopters to help feed brush-tailed rock-wallabies affected by Australian bushfires.

"The provision of supplementary food is one of the key strategies we are deploying to promote the survival and recovery of endangered species like the brush-tailed rock-wallaby," said Matt Kean, minister of energy and environment. "Initial fire assessments indicate the habitat of several important brush-tailed rock-wallaby populations was burnt in the recent bushfires. The wallabies typically survive the fire itself, but are then left stranded with limited natural food as the fire takes out the vegetation around their rocky habitat.

Kean said this is the most widespread food drop the government has done for brush-tailed rock-wallabies.

The species, a marsupial, is considered endangered in New South Wales.