Australian pilots flying over Bribie Island’s northwestern beaches this week were met with a heartbreaking scene.
One took to social media asking about the “pile of dead kangaroos” spotted from the air.
Bushfires at Bribie Island, off the Queensland coast, had engulfed campsites on Wednesday and Thursday (local time), with water bombers deployed from helicopters to douse the remaining flames Friday.
While it’s unclear how the fires started, a Bribie Island hazard reduction burn reportedly broke containment lines earlier this week.
The heartbreaking images show up to 40 kangaroo carcasses spotting the shoreline between Second and Fourth Lagoon.
The animals were thought to be fleeing for the water after bushfires near Top Swamp and Ocean Beach campsite quickly spread.
While campers were evacuated immediately from the region, the blaze has had devastating consequences for local wildlife.
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