Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Reunited - Sam the Koala and Rescuer

CFA firefighter David Tree reunited with Sam the Koala at the Mountain Ash Wildlife Sanctuary in Rawson, 170 km (100 miles) east of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.



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Sam has found a new koala friend nicknamed 'Bob' in the shelter. See article here.

15 comments:

Cloudia said...

sweet! Aloha-

Teresa said...

My daughters and I have been enjoying your koala bear posts. Thanks for keeping us updated.

Pam said...

Barbara thank you so much for your interest and kind words, particularly on my blog.It is appreciated, and I'm sure Sam would have no idea why he's such an object of interest.Apart from when they are provoked,when they can be absolutely foul,(can't we all) they are usually such private,lazy and dreamy creatures, and yes, loveable and appealing.

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

I want a koala bear!!!!

Charles Gramlich said...

That's very cool. The Koala certainly knew who had his interests at heart.

David Cranmer said...

I was following this heart warming story myself. It brings a smile after a week of negative news.

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Heartwarming, Barbara!

laughingwolf said...

nice to see someone still gives a damn about innocent wildlife... tree should be commended :D

Barbara Martin said...

Cloudia, indeed it is.

Teresa, this is a mere bright beam in a sea of darkness.

Pam, you're very welcome. I have been reading that koalas and kangaroos aren't very afraid of humans in general. Those tufts of hair over their ears give the koalas such character in their appearance.

Gary, then you must arrange to grow ecualyptus trees in a green house because its only the leaves those wee marsupials eat.

Barbara Martin said...

Charles, when wild animals are in pain they seem to know which human is likely to give assistance. Its poor feet!

David, the tragedies aren't over yet in Australia. They need a three day rain.

Raph, everyone needs a little cheer in their lives.

Tony, the CFA have been directing the animals they come across to the animal shelters.

J. L. Krueger said...

Great posts on the Koala. Definitely a bright ray in a dark episode!

Barbara Martin said...

J.L., they certainly are.

An update on Sam and her new found koala buddy "Bob": These two koalas are a unique strain from the Strzelecki Ranges in southeast Victoria, and are larger and more furry than other types of koalas found elsewhere in Australia.

Koalas live high in the branches of eucalypt trees and usually escape fires by simply climbing higher out of reach of the flames.

But the fires that razed more than 1,000 homes and 450,000 hectares (1.1 million acres) of bushland on the weekend were so intense whole trees were bursting into flames at once, leaving little hope for tree-dwelling marsupials.

These two koalas were very fortunate to be found when they were.

RuneE said...

They have it seriously bad "down under" - every little sun-shine story helps.

Jenn Jilks said...

Isn't it an awful devastation? Huge drain on infrastructure, and human and financial resources.

Our neighbour had a fire, and it really worried me, surrounded by trees.

Barbara Martin said...

RuneE and Jenn, everything on earth is connected: the plants, animals and humans. When one is affected so are the others.