Brazil: Vets treat animals escaped from Pantanal wildfires

Last week's forest fires in the Pantanal wetlands region near the city of Pocone in the state of Mato Grosso have profoundly affected the biodiversity of this region of southern Brazil. Wild animals could be seen receiving treatment in a clinic on Monday, after escaping the flames with wounds on their legs and wings that would mean certain death in their natural environment. Other animals such as otters, capybaras, and yacares can be seen playing near water sources in the area affected by the fires. According to local media reports, the fires have affected 22 percent of the area of the giant Pantanal wetland. The destruction in the state of Mato Grosso exceeds 1.4 million hectares of vegetation.

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