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At home with couple who saved baby kangaroos from the fires
Even as a fierce bushfire bore down on the rural Australian community of Wytaliba, Gary Wilson and his partner Julie Willis decided not to flee their timber home - they had a house full of orphaned baby kangaroos to protect.
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February 06, 2020
An orphaned kangaroo joey that was rescued during the bushfire season stands inside the living room of...
WYTALIBA, Australia
The Wider Image: At home with couple who saved baby kangaroos from the fires
An orphaned kangaroo joey that was rescued during the bushfire season stands inside the living room of Gary Wilson and Julie Willis's home in Wytaliba, New South Wales, Australia. Even as a fierce bushfire bore down on the rural community, Wilson and his partner Willis decided not to flee their timber home - they had a house full of orphaned baby kangaroos to protect.

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February 06, 2020
More than a dozen of the marsupials snuggled into fabric pouches hung in the couple's living room, like...
WYTALIBA, Australia
The Wider Image: At home with couple who saved baby kangaroos from the fires
More than a dozen of the marsupials snuggled into fabric pouches hung in the couple's living room, like stockings on Christmas Eve.

REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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February 06, 2020
Full-grown kangaroos and other wildlife that had left their care long ago also came back to the house...
WYTALIBA, Australia
The Wider Image: At home with couple who saved baby kangaroos from the fires
Full-grown kangaroos and other wildlife that had left their care long ago also came back to the house in search of refuge as the flames approached. "We had way too many animals in the house and around the house so we really couldn't go ... we decided we were going to stay and fight," Wilson told Reuters, at the couple's off-the-grid home, now surrounded by scorched earth and burnt-out vehicles.

REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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February 06, 2020
"At three o'clock it was a beautiful summer's day, by four o'clock it was midnight," Wilson said. "You...
WYTALIBA, Australia
The Wider Image: At home with couple who saved baby kangaroos from the fires
"At three o'clock it was a beautiful summer's day, by four o'clock it was midnight," Wilson said. "You couldn't see any more than 20 yards and then the firestorm came through and pretty much burned everything." Wilson and Willis defended their home for at least 14 hours with fire extinguishers, water pumps and a sprinkler system on the roof that doused burning embers falling from the sky.

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February 06, 2020
Good preparation and more than an ounce of luck meant the couple's cypress-pine home still stands - and...
WYTALIBA, Australia
The Wider Image: At home with couple who saved baby kangaroos from the fires
Good preparation and more than an ounce of luck meant the couple's cypress-pine home still stands - and the motherless joeys survived. The Nov. 8 fire that swept through the small Wytaliba community, which was originally set up as a commune in the 1970s, killed two of Wilson's neighbors. "It was a horrible thing ... the whole bush has been burnt. It's been vaporized - it's Vietnam is what it looks like," Wilson said as infant kangaroos ate grain from a trough fashioned from a car tire and lined up two-by-two to be bottle-fed special milk.

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February 06, 2020
Willis said she had never seen fires so fierce, and that most animals, such as possums, gliders, echidnas,...
WYTALIBA, Australia
The Wider Image: At home with couple who saved baby kangaroos from the fires
Willis said she had never seen fires so fierce, and that most animals, such as possums, gliders, echidnas, lizards and even many birds were not fast enough to escape the flames.

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February 06, 2020
"It's not until after the fires when it really hits you how close you were to dying but at the time you...
WYTALIBA, Australia
The Wider Image: At home with couple who saved baby kangaroos from the fires
"It's not until after the fires when it really hits you how close you were to dying but at the time you are too busy trying to put the fire out," she said.

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February 06, 2020
Australia's prolonged bushfire season has killed 33 people and an estimated 1 billion native animals...
WYTALIBA, Australia
The Wider Image: At home with couple who saved baby kangaroos from the fires
Australia's prolonged bushfire season has killed 33 people and an estimated 1 billion native animals since September. About 2,500 homes have been destroyed and more than 11.7 million hectares (28.9 million acres) of tinder-dry bushland have been razed.

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February 06, 2020
The number of boarders at the Wytaliba home, which has been a sanctuary for wildlife for 25 years, is...
WYTALIBA, Australia
The Wider Image: At home with couple who saved baby kangaroos from the fires
The number of boarders at the Wytaliba home, which has been a sanctuary for wildlife for 25 years, is ballooning as the fallout from the fires continues with burns, scarce food and ash-tainted water still devastating local wildlife.

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February 06, 2020
While Wilson and Willis usually care for joeys rescued after their mothers are struck by vehicles, they...
WYTALIBA, Australia
The Wider Image: At home with couple who saved baby kangaroos from the fires
While Wilson and Willis usually care for joeys rescued after their mothers are struck by vehicles, they are now hosting an increasing number of fire orphans.

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February 06, 2020
Willis said the joeys, which are fed a special milk formula every two to four hours just like their human...
WYTALIBA, Australia
The Wider Image: At home with couple who saved baby kangaroos from the fires
Willis said the joeys, which are fed a special milk formula every two to four hours just like their human counterparts, will eventually be released back into the wild.

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February 06, 2020
"We didn't have children ourselves; this is what we spend our time doing,' she said, as she gently stroked...
WYTALIBA, Australia
The Wider Image: At home with couple who saved baby kangaroos from the fires
"We didn't have children ourselves; this is what we spend our time doing,' she said, as she gently stroked a joey on her lap while another nudged her feet. "We think it's worthy - a worthy cause - looking after our babies no matter what they are, whether they are kangaroos, echidnas or wombats."

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February 06, 2020
Gary Wilson and Julie Willis sit in their living room of their home in Wytaliba. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
WYTALIBA, Australia
The Wider Image: At home with couple who saved baby kangaroos from the fires
Gary Wilson and Julie Willis sit in their living room of their home in Wytaliba. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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February 06, 2020
Orphaned kangaroo joeys that were rescued during the bushfire season sit in cloth pouches. REUTERS/Jorge...
WYTALIBA, Australia
The Wider Image: At home with couple who saved baby kangaroos from the fires
Orphaned kangaroo joeys that were rescued during the bushfire season sit in cloth pouches. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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February 06, 2020
Gary Wilson carries orphaned kangaroo joeys that were rescued during the bushfire season. REUTERS/Jorge...
WYTALIBA, Australia
The Wider Image: At home with couple who saved baby kangaroos from the fires
Gary Wilson carries orphaned kangaroo joeys that were rescued during the bushfire season. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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February 06, 2020
Gary Wilson and Julie Willis collect sandbags used to protect homes from the rain. REUTERS/Jorge Silva...
WYTALIBA, Australia
The Wider Image: At home with couple who saved baby kangaroos from the fires
Gary Wilson and Julie Willis collect sandbags used to protect homes from the rain. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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February 06, 2020
Gary Wilson and Julie Willis have lunch at their home. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
WYTALIBA, Australia
The Wider Image: At home with couple who saved baby kangaroos from the fires
Gary Wilson and Julie Willis have lunch at their home. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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February 06, 2020
A kangaroo who sustained burn wounds during the bushfire season stands in the backyard. REUTERS/Jorge...
WYTALIBA, Australia
The Wider Image: At home with couple who saved baby kangaroos from the fires
A kangaroo who sustained burn wounds during the bushfire season stands in the backyard. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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February 06, 2020
Gary Wilson and Julie Willis chat outside their home in Wytaliba. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
WYTALIBA, Australia
The Wider Image: At home with couple who saved baby kangaroos from the fires
Gary Wilson and Julie Willis chat outside their home in Wytaliba. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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February 06, 2020
A kangaroo joey hangs from its mother's pouch. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
WYTALIBA, Australia
The Wider Image: At home with couple who saved baby kangaroos from the fires
A kangaroo joey hangs from its mother's pouch. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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February 06, 2020
A kangaroo stands in front of the remains of a burnt down house in Wytaliba. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
WYTALIBA, Australia
The Wider Image: At home with couple who saved baby kangaroos from the fires
A kangaroo stands in front of the remains of a burnt down house in Wytaliba. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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