Lewis Hamilton has shared images of himself gently cradling and feeding a baby kangaroo who was a victim of Australia’s devastating bushfires.
The fires, which ripped through New South Wales and Victoria in late 2019 and earlier this year, left at least 33 people dead. Experts predicted that ‘trillions’ of animals could be killed as a result of the blazes.
While the flames were finally declared ‘contained’ in February, affected communities now have work to do to repair the horrific damage caused by the unprecedented fires.
Part of that work includes treating and homing displaced and injured animals. One of the organizations doing this is WIRES Wildlife Rescue in New South Wales.
During the fires, vegan Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton pledged to support the organization with donations. Now he had an opportunity to visit the site, and spend time with some of the animals.
‘Years to recover’
Posting images and a video from the visit on Instagram, Hamilton wrote: “Today, I had the incredible opportunity to visit NSW, Australia to see the admirable work @WIRESWildlifeRescue is doing to care, rehabilitate and preserve the country’s native wildlife following the recent, devastating fires.
“It was one of those days that really put things into perspective. Over one billion animals were impacted by the fires and it’s going to take years for Australia to recover, so it’s thanks to non-profits like WIRES, an organization I supported during the fires, that we have the resources to help preserve this beautiful country and its amazing wildlife.
“Thank you @WIRESWildlifeRescue for this opportunity, and for all that you do.”