Helicopters air-drop food, water for hungry wallabies

The New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service in Australia provided a valuable assist to wallabies looking for a meal in the wake of devastating wildfires. 

To help, the department made it rain carrots and sweet potatoes. 

The National Parks and Wildlife Service dropped thousands of pounds of vegetables to assist the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby population, whose food sources were limited after wildfires tore through their habitats, according to the department

In a statement, the department said, “1000 kilograms of sweet potato and carrot have been sent to six different colonies in the Capertee and Wolgan valleys; 1000 kilograms across five sites in Yengo National Park; almost 100 kilograms of food and water in the Kangaroo Valley, with similar drops having also taken place in Jenolan, Oxley Wild Rivers and Curracubundi national parks.” 

That amounts to more than 4,600 pounds of food and water. The provisions were dropped from helicopters and delivered by land, a spokesperson from the National Parks and Wildlife Service told USA TODAY. 

“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,” New South Wales Minister for Energy and Environment Matt Kean said in a statement.

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