Woman Captures Moment Firefighter Husband Saves Own Home From Fast Moving Flames
Hundreds of firefighters across Queensland and New South Wales have been working around the clock to battle dozens of intense bushfires.
These men and women don't care where they are - if there's a fire that needs to be extinguished, they'll do their best to stop it spreading and put it out.
But you can imagine one firefighter's panic when he realised his own home was about to be consumed by flames.
Aaron Cox and the team from the Ballandean Rural Fire Service in Queensland worked quickly to stop the fire from affecting his home - and they managed to pull it off.
The battle would have taken ages to get under control and naturally, Aaron and his team were exhausted. In a moment of utter relief, his wife Bindi snapped a quick photo of her husband and another that showed just how close the flames came to their property.
"I know you think this photo makes you look vulnerable but in that moment we both felt this," she wrote to her husband after posting the image.
It's not the only photo that has gone viral while fires burn in Queensland and New South Wales. A burned koala was rescued in Canungra, in the Gold Coast hinterland last Friday afternoon, and was caught on camera.
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The mother koala had suffered burns to her back and also had a singed ear, and was discovered sitting on a fallen tree with her joey - who miraculously remained uninjured.
Senior-Sergeant Peter Waugh told the Beaudesert Times: "Everything was burnt to the ground around them."
"When we found her it looked like she was lying on top of her young - as if she was cradling it."
Wildcare Australia Inc. shared a photo of the koalas, crediting Jimboomba police officer Darren Ward - who said he found the animals in shock, clinging to the branch on the ground.
The koalas spent a bit of time in the back of his police car before care volunteers were able to take over.
Wildcare Australia Inc. Wrote on Facebook: "This koala mum and her joey were rescued last night by Jimboomba Police and Wildcare volunteers in the Gold Coast Hinterland Bushfires.
"They were taken to the RSPCA Queensland wildlife hospital for treatment and are being monitored closely. They are both in a stable condition at present."
The organisation later posted to say another koala in the area had also been successfully rescued, saying: "Another koala caught up in the bushfires in the Gold Coast Hinterland has been rescued."
Featured Image Credit: Bindi Cox