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01/27/2016 12:06 pm ET

Vets Give Baby Kangaroos A Fighting Chance After Brutal Bushfire

These little joeys are tough as nails.

When a bushfire broke out on Jan. 6 in Yarloop, Australia, residents evacuated as quickly as they could.

The animals living in the area weren't so lucky, however, and with nowhere to run, many wound up with severe burns on their bodies.

Thankfully, a group of veterinarians at Waroona Veterinary Clinic refused to leave them behind and kept their clinic (the only vet clinic in the firezone) open for any animals affected by the brutal fire.

That brave and stubborn decision has had quite an impact.

Kangaroos, cats, dogs, possums, birds and even an alpaca have been brought into the clinic so far.

"When they’re with us, we’re able to treat their wounds, keep them hydrated, comfortable and look after them as best we can," Samantha Dunne, trainee veterinary nurse at Waroona Veterinary Clinic, told The Huffington Post Australia.

Many of the animals are making promising recoveries with the help of the veterinarians. They are treated for smoke inhalation, their burned areas are cleaned and bandaged regularly and they are given a safe, comfortable space to heal.

One kangaroo joey, who is referred to as "Little Boy Blue," was burned on all four paws and his tail. As of Monday, he no longer needs his tail bandage, thanks to the work of the vets.

After the animals have fully recovered, the vets hope to return them to their owners or, in the case of the kangaroos, release them back into the wild.

"What we hope to do with the little orphans is release them together in their own mob, back into the bush," Dunne said.

The bushfire was extinguished on Friday, after burning for 17 days and destroying more than 143 properties, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

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