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Wildfire victimizes wildlife in Australia

February 10, 2009 |  6:31 pm

An koala injured in Australia's fires gets a sip of water from firefighter David Tree.

Firefighters are getting a grip on Australia's deadly brushfires, but they are still tallying the damage -- at least 181 people have died and hundreds of homes have been destroyed.  According to Reuters, the disaster area is more than twice the size of London and it is home to some of Australia's most famous animals. Above, an injured koala gets a sip of water from firefighter David Tree.  Below, kangaroos are seen amid a charred landscape.

Kangaroos amid a charred landscape in Australia

--Alice Short

Photos: Koala by Mark Pardew / Associated Press; kangaroos by Luis Ascui / Getty Images.

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