We can all agree that the footage of animals struggling to overcome the devastating wildfires in Australia has been hard to watch.
Indigenous animals such as koalas and kangaroos have seen their natural habitats destroyed by the flames, while close to a billion animals have died as a result of the fires.
Beyond donating money to animal charities, it can be hard to know how you could begin to even start helping the creatures whose heartbreaking plight has affected many who have seen the clips.
One way that some feel that they can deal with the stress of seeing the animals in such troubling circumstances is to share viral videos of the animals either seeking refuge or being helped by people who spot them in need, almost as a way of raising awareness.
Here are a few examples.
The woman saved the scorched koala from bushfire in Australia.😍😍😍
#australiafire #ShadowIsHere #IranPlaneCrash… https://t.co/cWjDVqfTAf
All of these videos are legit and have been recorded since the fires began in late 2019.
However, a disturbing trend has emerged of people sourcing old videos, long before the fires began but are being re-shared on social media and have been repacked as if to pretend that they recently occurred.
One of the first offenders is this clip of a koala holding a man's hand after he gives him a drink from a bottle of water. A tweet claimed that it "was the defining moment of humanity after bush fire subsided."
Love reciprocates love 💕
This was the defining moment of humanity after bush fire subsided. Koala gets all its wat… https://t.co/WSxh8j4i7p
The woman in the clip, InStyle editor Laura Brown, has called out those that are sharing the clip. In an Instagram post, Brown explained that there were no fires near the sanctuary and encouraged others to donate money rather than sharing 'clickbait.'