Makeshift koala hospital scrambles to save dozens injured in bushfires

Makeshift koala hospital scrambles to save dozens injured in bushfiresDozens of injured koalas arrive at the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park’s makeshift animal hospital each day in cat carriers, washing baskets or clinging to wildlife carers. Injured in bushfires that have ravaged the wildlife haven off the coast of South Australia state, there are so many marsupials currently requiring urgent treatment that carers don’t have time to give them names — they are simply referred to by a number.

Young South Koreans hit the beach in mock Marine Corps boot camp

Young South Koreans hit the beach in mock Marine Corps boot campHundreds of South Korean students braved freezing winter temperatures this week to test themselves against the rigors of Marine Corps boot camp. First started in 1997, the week-long camp aims to challenge participants with its physical activities, but also inspire potential recruits for South Korea’s massive military. Nearly 600,000 South Korean troops are stationed around the country, aimed largely at deterring North Korea across the heavily fortified Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) that divides the two countries.

29 bodies unearthed from Mexican mass grave

29 bodies unearthed from Mexican mass graveThe bodies of at least 29 people have been unearthed from a mass grave on a property outside Mexico’s western city of Guadalajara, local authorities said Monday. The grim site was discovered in Jalisco — a state hard-hit by violence linked to organized crime, and the same area where authorities have found a total of 80 bodies since November. The local prosecutor’s office said that four of the dead had been partially identified and corresponded with open missing persons investigations.

Philippine volcano spews lava, ash for 3rd day, 30,000 flee

Philippine volcano spews lava, ash for 3rd day, 30,000 fleeA volcano near the Philippine capital spewed lava, ash and steam and trembled constantly Tuesday on the third day of an eruption that could portend a much bigger and dangerous eruption, officials warned as tens of thousands of people fled ash-blanketed villages in the danger zone. The continuing restiveness of the Taal volcano after it rumbled to life Sunday indicates magma may still be rising to the crater, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said. More than 200 earthquakes have been detected in and around Taal, 81 of which were felt with varying intensities.