The Daily Populous

Saturday December 28th, 2019 evening edition

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Around 480 million animals are feared to have died in the bushfires sweeping Australia, including nearly a third of the koalas in New South Wales's main habitat.

Ecologists at the University of Sydney estimate around 480 million mammals, birds and reptiles have been killed, directly or indirectly, by the devastating blazes since they began in September, The Times reported.

This includes almost 8,000 koalas, which are believed to have burnt to death on the state’s mid-north coast.

“We’ll know more when the fires have calmed down and a proper assessment can be made,” she added.

More than 100 fires continue to rage across the country, having so far consumed more than five million hectares of land.

Dedicated workers at the The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital reportedly treated 72 badly burnt animals on Christmas Day.

They were brought in after bushfires destroyed up to three quarters of their habitat, according to the clinical director Cheyne Flanagan. »

Spokane Police bust suspected package thief on Christmas Eve

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SPOKANE, Wash. – With a search warrant on Christmas Eve, Spokane Police found a man who admitted stealing Christmas gifts from Spokane porches in December.

Spokane Police were trying to track down package thieves first spotted in the 5000 block of North Lidgerwood on December 6th.

Two days later, Spokane Police received more surveillance pictures of people stealing packages in Spokane. »

Mr. Rodney (Burger King)

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Taking issue with the parody, Fred Rogers contacted the Senior Vice President of Burger King, Don Dempsey, who agreed to pull the advertisement.

"To have someone who looks like me doing a commercial is very confusing for children," Fred Rogers said at the time.

Mr. Dempsey pulled the commercial without question: "Mister Rogers is one guy you don't want to mess with, as beloved as he is. »