This baby wombat survived the severe bush fires at Darlimurla, Mirboo North and Boolarra South in South Gippsland in Feburary 2009 but its mother was found dead.
These pictures show the healthy baby surrounded by charred soil and blackened trees, the dead mother and the burrow that most likely provided enough shelter and saved its life.
I returned a few weeks later to find sprouted grasses and trees shooting which provided the native wildlife some much needed food. I was surprised at how fast the bush regenerated even though the temperatures during this fire storm were extreme. At my home in Foster on this day, we registered up to 47 degrees Celsius.
baby wombat surrounded by blackened trees and charred earth
recently dead, this mother wombat didn’t survive the bush fires
wombat burrow provided safe haven during extreme bush fire storm conditions
I’m always amazed at how quickly the forest regenerates after bush fires and how it becomes even more beautiful each time. What might seem like devastation to some people is natures way of cleaning the bush, adding much needed minerals to the soil from the ash and creating newer, stronger and better habitat for Australian native animals, creatures and birds.
These forestry logs in Mirboo North lay neatly in piles on the ground while the fires burned, blackened and charred the living tress around them.
There are numerous protected areas in Gippsland, and the Morwell National Park is quite interesting to see. But there’s one thing that cannot be protected against, and that’s the bush fires, as the blackened trunks of these forestry planted trees near Churchill show.
We found this gorgeous baby wombat wandering among the charred remains of the forest at Mirboo North / Darlimurla after the bushfires raged through parts of Gippsland in February 2009.
This Walking Tracks At Wilsons Promontory National Park is part of what is left of the Lilly Pilly Gully Nature Walk.
Fortunately, the beautiful trees and ferns that make up the Lilly Pilly Gully itself, appear to have been saved from devastation.
You can see more pictures taken After The Wilsons Prom Bush Fires in the Landscapes, Bush Fires And Scenery Gallery.