Record numbers of native animals are being treated at Queensland wildlife hospitals as a result of the drought and bushfire crisis gripping the state.
The number of sick, injured and orphaned animals being treated at the Australia Zoo hospital are at their highest in a decade.
The extremely busy period is expected to continue given the ongoing destruction of habitat and a prolonged period of severe weather, said Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital director Dr Rosie Booth.
"On average, we see anywhere between 500 and 700 native animals requiring treatment at the start of trauma season, but this year has been extremely concerning with over 1100 animals in just one month," Dr Booth said on Thursday.
"The number of patients we admitted in September this year is almost double the number that we treated in September 2009."