Many species and habitats have been threatened by the Australian wildfires, but there is some good news.
A giant, bright pink slug, which can grow larger than a human hand (!) has survived the bushfires. The slug is extremely rare and only found on one mountaintop in New South Wales, Australia. Its habitat has been mostly destroyed, but around 60 of the slugs have been spotted alive.
Found on Mount Kaputar, the slugs were spotted after rainfall – as slugs often are. The fire on Mount Kaputar, a now-extinct volcano, burnt for more than six weeks last year.
The mountain is home to many species of slugs and snails that aren’t found anywhere else in the world, and it turns out these rare slugs are also extremely hardy.
However, sadly, around 90 per cent of the general slug population are estimated to have been killed in the fires.