More Than 1 Billion Animals Estimated To Be Dead, At Least 24 People and 2000 Homes Destroyed In Australia Fires

(Sydney-AP) — A prominent scientist believes more animals are dying in Australia’s bushfires than he originally thought. Chris Dickman now thinks more than one-billion animals have been killed in the fires.

That includes more than 800-million in New South Wales alone. The University of Sydney ecology professor first estimated the death toll would be under half a billion.

The fires have been burning for months, charring millions of acres of land and leaving at least two dozen people dead.

Twenty-four people have been arrested in connection with the fires including a teenage firefighter. Crews are fighting as many as 146-brushfires, 65-of which aren’t contained.

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