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King High School students make 'pouches' for animals injured in Australian wildfires

Posted at 6:41 PM, Feb 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-06 00:10:03-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Nearly one billion animals have perished in the wildfires in Australia. Now, some local high school students are sewing to help with the wildlife recovery efforts.

The student council at King High School teamed up with the Design class to make dozens of pouches like this one for both baby and adult animals affected by the fires in Australia.

“To have an impact to help especially babies it just warms my heart,” said Paige Hart.

Hart began sewing the pouches in January, which are specially designed to help nurse kangaroos, koalas, wombats, and many other marsupials back to health.

The fires that spread throughout Australia since September have left nearly a billion animals dead.

Ella Cole says, making the pouches is just a small way Corpus Christi students could help Australia begin to restore its wildlife.

“You're helping other people in another part of the world which is just so cool in itself and getting to help those animals and help them not go instinct and rehabilitate them is a great way,” said Cole.

The pouches’ design and fabric are specifically chosen for the recovering marsupials.

“The small will take me five minutes, medium doesn’t take much longer, the large might take about seven minutes,” said Hart.

After they're all done, they'll be shipped to ‘Wildcare Australia’, a nonprofit that works to rehabilitate injured animals in Australia year-round.

The King High School staff will be shipping out approximately 80 pouches in the next few weeks.