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Florida inmates sew pouches for orphaned baby kangaroos in Australia

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Seminole County jail inmates are making “joey pouches” for orphaned baby kangaroos in Australia amid the country’s devastating wildfires.

The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office posted a photo Monday of two inmates posing with pouches in the “O-Pod.”

One man held up a cloth pouch while the other worked on one at a sewing machine.

“Some pouches have a strap attached for rescue workers to wear while carrying the baby kangaroos,” the sheriff’s office said of the inmates’ creations. “Keep up the good work!”

Fires have inundated Australia since November, when a series of lightning storms sparked multiple blazes in the country’s eastern, drought-parched bush lands, known as forests in the United States.

Over several months, the fires have killed at least 29 people while destroying thousands of homes, most of them in New South Wales. The estimated area burned ranges from 12 million to 46 million acres, an area roughly the size of Florida.

More than 170 U.S. firefighters are in Australia helping the effort.

A few other groups around the United States — including school groups, crafting circles animal rescues, and pet shelters — are also sending joey pouches to Australia.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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