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Heartbreaking images show animals injured in California wildfires that has killed at least 44

Hundreds of animals have been rescued, while unknown numbers are thought to have perished, in the deadly wildfires ravaging the state of California.

The Camp Fire devastating Northern California, and the Woolsey Fire, which is currently raging near Malibu in the south, have forced residents to flee their homes, many unable to also save their beloved pets.

Heartbreaking images show a cat with its eyes burned shut, a bunny rabbit which has lost its ears, and rescue workers desperately ferrying animals from the edge of the flames across the state.  

Survivor: A badly burned cat waits for animal control to arrive after it was discovered near a residential block in Paradise, California

Heartbreaking: A rabbit suffering from burns struggles to find safety, as the Woolsey Fire continues to burn near Malibu in California

Heartbreaking: A rabbit suffering from burns struggles to find safety, as the Woolsey Fire continues to burn near Malibu in California

Shiloh, a 2-year-old golden retriever, lies down with its face burned after a wildfire in Paradise, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. Shiloh needs veterinarian treatment. But her owner, Cathy Fallon can't leave her property because authorities won't allow her to return back, because the entire town is still under an evacuation order. Fallon and Shiloh are spending nights in this horse trailer because the family home burned. (AP Photo/Paul Elias)

Injured: Shiloh, a two-year-old golden retriever, has suffered burns to her face and needs veterinarian treatment, but her owner, Cathy Fallon is refusing to leave her property because authorities will then not allow her to return due to the evacuation order

As the confirmed human death toll of Camp Fire reached 42 on Tuesday morning, with the flames having levelled more than 7,100 homes and other buildings, it now ranks as the deadliest and most destructive wildfire on record in California. 

It is not known how many animals – wild or pets – have been killed or injured in the wildfires, which have been raging since Thursday, but it is thought to be at least several thousand.

Rescuers hoped to be able to find treatment for the badly burned cat found on a residential street in Paradise over the weekend, as volunteers and other activists banded together to save as many animals as they could. 

Urgent evacuation orders have seen many animals abandoned, including horses and other farm animals, with residents potentially underestimating how damaging the fire would become.

Equine veterinarian Jesse Jellison carries an injured goose to a waiting transport during the Camp Fire in Paradise

Equine veterinarian Jesse Jellison carries an injured goose to a waiting transport during the Camp Fire in Paradise

A badly burned bunny was rescued from the fires and treated for its wounds

A badly burned bunny was rescued from the fires and treated for its wounds

Members of the UC Davis Veterinary Emergency Response Team, Ashley Nola, left, and Catherine McFarren, right, tend to burns on a dog that was brought in to the Butte County Fair Grounds where large animals are being sheltered during the Camp Fire

Members of the UC Davis Veterinary Emergency Response Team, Ashley Nola, left, and Catherine McFarren, right, tend to burns on a dog that was brought in to the Butte County Fair Grounds where large animals are being sheltered during the Camp Fire

Disaster: Many large animals have been taken to the Butte County Fair as nearby communities are ordered to evacuate  

Disaster: Many large animals have been taken to the Butte County Fair as nearby communities are ordered to evacuate  

Horses are evacuated by members of the Humane Society of Ventura County from an area affected by a wildfire in Malibu, California

Horses are evacuated by members of the Humane Society of Ventura County from an area affected by a wildfire in Malibu, California

A donkey rests on a roadside as the Camp Fire burns in Big Bend, California

A donkey rests on a roadside as the Camp Fire burns in Big Bend, California

As well as pets, Northern California area is home to a myriad of wild animals, including several types of deer, black bears, bobcats, elks and cougars, and the Butte County area where Camp Fire burns hosts several wildlife sanctuaries. 

Other common forest creatures are coyotes, raccoons, squirrels, skunks and foxes as well as a number of birds and snakes.

A makeshift animal clinic has been set up in the Butte County Fair Grounds, 30 miles south of Paradise, at the weekend, where emergency service veterinarians tended to dogs with burned paws and fur. 

Goats and horses have also found temporary shelter at the Fair Grounds as the Camp Fire continues to burn through the region, fueled by high winds in Butte County.  

In Big Bend, Fire Captain Steve Millosovich carried a cage full of cats that were found abandoned in the road after the Camp Fire.   

Stanley the giraffe, one of several exotic animals at Saddlerock Ranch, is shrouded in smoke in the aftermath of the Woosley Fire. The animals on the ranch survived, but several buildings on the property we destroyed or damaged by the fire

Stanley the giraffe, one of several exotic animals at Saddlerock Ranch, is shrouded in smoke in the aftermath of the Woosley Fire. The animals on the ranch survived, but several buildings on the property we destroyed or damaged by the fire

Images of Stanley in his pen with the fires raging behind him were shared on social media

Elsewhere, celebrities including Khloe Kardashian and Ariel Winter slammed a wine estate in Malibu for allegedly abandoning a giraffe.

Malibu Wines which owns the Saddlerock Ranch where some exotic animals are kept, had reportedly abandoned Stanley the giraffe to his fate.

Pictures emerging from Stanley’s enclosure show him standing near a fence just meters away from scorched earth caused by the devastating fires and flames in the background.

Saddlerock Ranch claimed in a statement last week that the animals were being evacuated, however this has been disputed by activists, including actress Whitney Cummings who visited the site on Saturday and found Stanley in his pen. 

The ranch said all animals on the ranch survived, but several buildings on the property we destroyed or damaged by the fire.

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