While dozens of homes have been destroyed by a series of bushfires ravaging South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales, another group of residents are in peril. Rescuers are scrambling to save wildlife, pets and livestock from the fire's approach.
Slow-moving koalas can't move quickly enough to get out of harm's way, and in fact, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), baby koalas often "wait in burning trees, crying for their mothers...They just sit there and wait to be rescued." Singed paws aren't just painful - burns from contact with the fires can result in potentially fatal infections.
But the folks over at IFAW came up with an ingenious solution to help save one of Australia's most iconic animals: mittens.