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Deforestation in Australia has caused animal populations to dwindle. Their habitats are destroyed every day to make room for commercial development, but the critters that call these areas home are the ones paying the ultimate price.

This young female koala, now called Ash, was discovered wandering alone in the land that used to be her home. She had only recently grown old enough to separate from her mother, and she didn’t know where else to go.

Rescuers say that she was disoriented, dehydrated, and in need of a meal.

Rescuers say that she was disoriented, dehydrated, and in need of a meal.

Thousands of birds, reptiles, kangaroos, wallabies, and other animals likely died during the deforestation of this area.

Thousands of birds, reptiles, kangaroos, wallabies, and other animals likely died during the deforestation of this area.

Thank goodness this sweet girl was spared from reaching the same sad fate.

Thank goodness this sweet girl was spared from reaching the same sad fate.

(via Facebook / Wildcare Australia Inc.)

Ash was given a big bucket of eucalyptus leaves, and she’s now receiving 24-hour care. Once she’s a bit stronger, they’ll transfer her to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary for further rehabilitation.

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