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Heartbreaking Photo Captures Koala Protecting Baby Amid Wildfire

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Heartbreaking Photo Captures Koala Protecting Baby Amid Wildfire

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A heartbreaking photo of a koala protecting her baby as wildfires ravaged Australia’s Gold Coast hinterlands has a story behind it that instills some hope.

According to Wildcare Australia, Inc. which posted the image to Facebook on Friday, both of them were rescued and are now receiving care. The mother suffered some burns, while it appears the joey made it through the ordeal unscathed.

According to ABC Australia, their rescue was one of many in the Queensland area. Many of the animals saved—including sheep, horses and dogs—were relocated to homes and are being cared for until it’s safe for them to go back home.