Thirsty Koala - A Firefighter Gives Koala A Drink (2009 Australian Bushfires)





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Uploaded on Feb 10, 2009

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Our hearts are with all the families, firefighters and our animal friends who have been affected.

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The Firefighter in the video is David Tree.

He said he was in the middle of backburning at Mirboo North when he saw the stricken koala. "I could see she had sore feet and was in trouble, so I pulled over the fire truck. She just plonked herself down, as if to say 'I'm beat'," he said.

"I offered her a drink and she drank three bottles.

"The most amazing part was when she grabbed my hand. I will never forget that."

Mr Tree and his brigade then received an emergency call-out to save a house, but minutes later Sam (The name the Koala has been given) was picked up by wildlife carers.

She is one of 22 koalas, 14 ringtail possums, several wallabies and eastern grey kangaroos that have been handed into Gippsland carers.

RSPCA Victoria
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Burwood East, VIC 3151
Ph: (03) 9224-2222
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IFAW - International Fund for Animal Welfare
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Surry Hills, NSW 2010
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Fax: 02 9288 4901

Animal Aid
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Coldstream, VIC 3153
Ph: 03 9739 0300
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St John Ambulance Australia (Victoria)
170 Forster Road
Mount Waverley, Vic 3149
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The Salvation Army - Australia Southern Territory
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Mont Albert, VIC 3127
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Burn Foundation Of Australia
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Crows Nest, NSW 1585
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Also view sams progress here =)



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