16 Jan '11, 5am

The floods in Australia could have a long-lasting impact on the country's unique wildlife, experts warned

A man carrying a kangaroo after rescuing it from floodwaters in Ipswich, Brisbane. -- PHOTO: AFP BRISBANE (Australia) - SNAKES clung to floating debris, crocodiles lurked near homes and sharks swam the streets in Australia's epic floods - but many more animals died in the deluge, experts say. The devastating floods that smashed through the nation's north-east would have drowned wombats in their burrows, trapped and starved kangaroos in waterlogged paddocks, and deprived many other creatures of food and habitat. The rushing waters, which swept away koalas, lizards and frogs and seethed with snakes, could also have a long-lasting impact on the country's unique wildlife, the Australian Veterinary Association has warned. 'The immediate thing is that many would have died,' wildlife expert Robert Johnson told AFP. 'But the long-term thing is that the ones that would have survive...

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