The fires have set fire to nearly 21,000 hectares of forest in the Gironde since 12 July 2022. Thousands of animals have been killed by fire and smoke. Others, meanwhile, were lucky enough to be rescued by firefighters and even became the mascots of barracks and villages.
pinpon the squirrel
This squirrel, nicknamed Pinpon, was found in Saucats, in the Gironde. The animal, brought back to the barracks, suffered from… dehydration and severe burns on the legs. To heal the wounds, the village pharmacist applied Aloe Vera cream, nothing but a restorative gel, to Pinpon’s coat while a farmer gave him a drink with ‘a needle’. A wave of solidarity for this little survivor rescued from the flames.
Bikini the deer
In Landiras, it is not a small squirrel, but a baby deer that has become the protégé of the inhabitants of the village. The firefighters of Sud-Gironde found this young fawn in a thousand flames. He was in critical condition, burnt and very weak. It was José, a volunteer who took him under his wing.
In La Teste-de-Buch, near Arcachon, firefighters also rescued a nozzle dehydrated. Without their mobilization, the bird would have survived only a few hours. The League of Animals congratulated the firefighters on this rescue.
Thanks to the heroic work of firefighters, many animals have now been rescued, but unfortunately most were not so lucky…