You may recall that when the COVID-19 pandemic was starting to engulf the world last year, the wildfires that plagued Australia for months were finally starting to die down.
And in the time that they raged, those fires claimed the lives of 33 people, burned millions of acres of land, and killed well over a billion of the nation's unique animals.
But while those months left Australia mired in devastation, they also saw the emergence of heroes. Most of those heroes were firefighters supported by crews from around the world, but some brave animals also stepped up to help each other make it through the carnage.
And recently, the best and brightest of those animals has received an important honor for his heroic actions when the wildfires were at their worst.