Almost half a billion animals killed in Australia wildfires

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The bushfires raging across Australia have had a devastating impact on the country's unique flora and fauna, with some estimates putting the death toll at nearly half a billion animals in one state alone, and experts believe it could take decades for wildlife to recover.

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A dead animal after wildfires hit Batlow, New South Wales.

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Scared horses try to move away from nearby bushfires at a residential property near the town of Nowra in the Australian state of New South Wales.

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A kangaroo sits in a field amidst smoke from a bushfire in Snowy Valley on the outskirts of Cooma.

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A dog sits amongst ash from bushfires washed up on a beach in Merimbula, in Australia's New South Wales state.

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Animals are seen in Cobargo, as bushfires continue in New South Wales.

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Animals stand nearby a destroyed house in Cobargo, as bushfires continue in New South Wales.

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The sky turns red from bushfires in Bemboka, in Australia's New South Wales.

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Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Services (WIRES) volunteer and carer Tracy Dodd holds a kangaroo with burnt feet pads after being rescued from bushfires in Australia's Blue Mountains area.

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Horses graze amid haze in Jindabyne, a township affected by the Dunns Road bushfire, in New South Wales.

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Kangaroos move close to a residential area from bushland in Merimbula, in Australia's New South Wales.

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A koala drinks water from a bottle given by a firefighter in Cudlee Creek, South Australia.

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Cattle stand in a field under a red sky caused by bushfires in Greendale on the outskirts of Bega.

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A seagull walks past ash from bushfires washed up on a beach in Merimbula, in Australia's New South Wales.

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A horse is seen through dense smoke from a bushfire on a farm in Eden.

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A horse trying to move away from nearby bushfires at a residential property near the town of Nowra in the Australian state of New South Wales.

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A kangaroo moves close to a residential area from bushland in Merimbula, in Australia's New South Wales.

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Horses are seen amid haze in Jindabyne, a township affected by the Dunns Road bushfire, in New South Wales, Australia.

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Kangaroos move close to a residential area from bushland in Merimbula, in Australia's New South Wales

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A kangaroo trying to move away from nearby bushfires at a residential property near the town of Nowra in the Australian state of New South Wales.

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