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Monday, February 23, 2009

Wildfires threaten cute, cuddly forest animals worldwide

Ugly animals may also be in danger, experts warn

Ken Ustandet
La Lune de la presse internationale


Adorable forest species, such as koalas, squirrels, and many small furry rodents and mammals, may suffer a horrible fate of being burned to a crisp in temperatures exceeding 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, wildlife experts stated on Thursday. Firefighters must intervene now to stop global warming before the fires can spread to other areas, causing more heartbreaking misery for the fuzzy creatures.

"We're trying to appeal to people's sense of compassion here," explained Herb 'Buzz' Dymebagh, a forest conservation and plant expert. "People just don't realize how many cute furry creatures are going to die here. Even ugly animals are affected."

Some experts have maintained that more cliche pictures of animal rescues must be ingrained into the public's conscience before the risk of large, uncontrollable fires caused by a warming planet and exponential CO2 emissions can be eliminated.

"If people just realized that by creating CO2, they're killing these cute little creatures, we'd have world peace and harmony and be able to bring our carbon footprint under control," said Shirley Heigh, a naturalist from the Public Animal Rehabilitation and Treatment Initiative, in association with the National Organization for Wildlife (PARTI-NOW). "We just need to know that everything is, like, really linked together, you know? There's not just 'me' and 'you,' but also, 'us.'"

Deeper words have rarely been spoken according to PARTI-NOW, who gave Heigh the top award for her work in animal conservation and plant cultivation in 2008.

Recent fires in Australia, California, Indonesia, Thailand, India, South Africa, Kenya, Congo, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Russia, China, France, Germany, Laos, New Zealand, Brazil, Chili, Mexico, Canada, Italy, Bosnia, Latvia, Denmark, Sweden, North Korea, French Indo-China Burma, and Vatican City may indicate that the frequency of such fires is indeed increasing. However, scientists from the US Environmental Protection Agency urge caution in linking the increase with global warming, stating that up to 93% of the planet is not currently on fire. Contrary to today, they maintain, up to 98% of the Earth may have been burning in the past, and all currently extinct cute creatures may have been brutally and tragically killed. Therefore, the EPA states in its latest report, it is too early to know.


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