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Sydney: Australian authorities were dropping tonnes of food from helicopters for animals who were starving as a result of the destruction of their habitat due to the raging bushfires that have swept the country since September 2019. The New South Wales government has deployed helicopters the past week to drop more than two tonnes of carrots and sweet potatoes at different sites where Brush-tailed Rock- wallabies, a marsupial native to southeastern Australia, lives, Efe news reported on Monday.
The drops have taken place in at least six different locations where the animals live. “The provision of supplementary food is one of the key strategies we are deploying to promote the survival and recovery of endangered species like the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby,” NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean said in a statement.
Kean said the operation was the most widespread food distribution initiative dedicated to reaching Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies and that it would contribute toward maintaining their population, as well as to help their recovery.
The government is also installing cameras to observe the animals’ food consumption. (IANs)