February 12, 2009

Sam the Koala

The wildfires in Australia have been devastating. As of this morning, 181 have lost their lives, more than 500 people have been injured, 1,000 homes have been destroyed and much of the countryside has been burned. The numbers are expected to keep rising. I feel for those who have been affected. What also hurts my heart is the number of animals that have been killed and hurt. I am glad to know the wildlife shelters are doing their part and helping to save what animals they can. Below is Sam the koala. She was rescued by a firefighter after he found her trying to move on scorched paws. He offered her a drink of water and she gladly accepted. This picture is so moving to me, with the firefighter holding her hand. Let's keep all those being affected in our thoughts and prayers. You can read about Sam's story here. Sam is recovering well and even has a koala boyfriend named Bob who is also recovering.     

Sam and the firefighter, David Tree, who rescued her.


Bob and Sam. Bob is very protective of Sam.


Sam with her bandaged paws. Caretakers salve her paws every few hours.


(All photos by Associated Press)

18 comments:

Red and White Preppy said...

My dad was telling me that story last night...I love it :)

Sweet Carolina Bride said...

I love koalas! I always wanted one when I was little. haha The story of the fires is so sad! Hope you're having a great day.

Kayla said...

Sad story! All those affected will be in my prayers!

I want a koala SO stinkin bad!!!

Seaside Prep said...

the fires are devastating! I am so glad stories (like Sam's) are getting coverage!

Cafe Fashionista said...

Thank you for sharing this. I'm so glad that animals aren't being forgotten in this time of devastation.

Kappa Prep said...

I saw the first photo on another blog and it broke my heart. Animals are just so helpless!

*Kimmie* said...

Soooo sad, but super cute pictures!

Princess Freckles said...

When I saw this yesterday I almost started to cry! I love this bit of cheer during such a terrible time.

Molly said...

Oh I love Koalas, my brother and I had stuffed animals ones as kids. Poor Sam. That picture with the water bottle is so moving.

Kate said...

So glad animals are getting support too.

I will say that koalas are not as cute and cuddly as they look! Their butts are rock hard (so they can balance sitting in the tree) and they will scratch you with those sharp claws! But they are pretty cute to look at and I wouldn't mind holding one again ;)

the Preppy Princess said...

Thank you for posting the photos Miss Tutu, we hadn't seen that one of Bob and Sam together!

Have a wonderful weekend!
tp

Pink Maple said...

They are so cute. I'm glad they are being helped during these terrible fires.

The Blonde Duck said...

His poor little paws!

With Love from New Orleans said...

I just wanted to give him a big koala hug when I saw this on the Today Show... SO CUTE!!

::Preppy Principal:: said...

Poor baby! By the way I tagged you...Have a Happy Heart Day!

LovesPINKandPEARLS said...

i want sam to be mine.

Libby Murphy said...

I love the connection between humans and other animals - taking care of one another - as it should be.

theluckiestmrs said...

This is so cute!! I just heard about this koala earlier today & I'm excited that I ran across your blog (so cute!) and saw her adorable little self in a post!

 
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