By Charlie Moore for Daily Mail Australia
Workers at the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital that looked after Lewis – a koala ho was rescued by a topless grandmother and tragically put down because of the severity of his injuries – told Daily Mail Australia on Wednesday they were overwhelmed by the public’s generosity.
‘We’re working flat out here and we’re very busy with taking donations over the phone,’ one said.
‘The community has been extremely generous’.
Julie Black, of Port Stevens Koalas, described similar scenes at her sanctuary. ‘We’re actually completely inundated with clothes and towels for the koalas,’ she said.
Advising people on how best to help, she said: ‘If people want to donate the most helpful thing for them to do is to give medication or money.’
After Lewis’ death moved the world, Daily Mail Australia here charts the progress of his fellow koalas who made it out of the bushfires alive.
Peter was saved from fires at Lake Innes Nature Reserve and workers at Port Macquarie Koala Hospital said he is healing well.
He has burns to his hands and feet and 90 per cent of his body was singed.
His fur turned brown due to heat of the fires.
Peter (pictured) was saved from fires at Lake Innes Nature Reserve and workers at Port Macquarie Koala Hospital said he is healing well
Peter (pictured) has burns to his hands and feet and 90 per cent of his body was singed
‘He is eating well, and his burns are healing as we expected,’ the carers said.
In an update on Peter’s progress, workers said they have 31 koalas in the sanctuary rescued from fires.
‘It’s early days yet for most of them. We thank you all for being so supportive, kind and caring,’ they said.
Paul was the first koala saved from the Lake Innes Nature Reserve fireground near Port Macquirie.
He was found curled up on the burnt ground by a member of the public who brought him to the Koala Hospital.
Paul was severely dehydrated and had suffered burns to his hands and feet.
Paul (pictured) was the first koala saved from the Lake Innes Nature Reserve fireground near Port Macquirie
Peter (left) and Paul (right) hanging out in the Koala Hospital after they were rescued
This normally happens when a koala climbs down a burning tree to escape the flames.
His fur is also singed on 90 per cent of his body.
Workers wrapped his feet in green plasters and hope his wounds will successfully heal.
Anwen, a young female, was also rescued from Lake Innes Nature Reserve.
She had suffered singeing to 90 per cent of her body and radiant burns to her bottom from the extreme heat of the flames.
Anwen also has burns to the pads on her hands and feet, probably from climbing burnt trees.
Anwen (pictured), a young female, was also rescued from Lake Innes Nature Reserve
Workers at Port Macquarie Koala Hospital say she is recovering really well and is especially enjoying the hospital food.
‘Anwen has accepted the five star service at the Koala Hospital really well and loves the daily delivery of fresh leaf,’ workers said.
Staff also said Anwen has also found a ‘perfect spot’ to sit down in the ward and this has become known as ‘Anwens spot’.
Blaze was pulled from the flames in Taree and has been recovering at Port Stevens Koalas where workers say he is a ‘treasure to care for.’
He suffered horrific burns to his hands feet, testicles and face.
Blaze (pictured) was pulled from the flames in Taree and has been recovering at Port Stevens Koalas where workers say he is a ‘treasure to care for.’
Blaze is being treated with a saline drip three times a day and nebulizer to help his throat, nasal passages and lung tissue heal.
Sooty was rescued from fires in Taree and taken to Port Stevens Koalas.
He is suffering from severe burns and is on a ‘long and difficult’ road to recovery.
Sooty (pictured) was rescued from fires in Taree and taken to Port Stevens Koalas
Workers at the centre remained hopeful that he will survive.
They said: ‘The koalas will be offered round the clock care and attention by PSK’s wonderful team of home carers and volunteers.
‘We must all pull together during these disasters and do all we can to preserve and protect our precious koala population.’