Thirsty Girl in Australia

Koala means "doesn't drink" (most of their intake coming from morning dew on eucalyptus leaves) so it's a sign of how thirsty she was that Sam drank from a bottle held by a volunteer fireman named Dave Tree. Caught on the ground in the daylight, too, but she quickly accepts that he is a creature of good will offering comfort from the forest fires that killed at least 180 people and Saint Francis knows how many animals.

Sam and her (Sam's a girl) burnt nose and pads are healing now at the Southern Ash Wildlife Shelter. She's even acquired some celebrity, a Facebook page and a boyfriend named Bob.

Addendum, March of 2010: Sad news on Sam's Facebook page: Sam has since passed away, of causes unrelated to the fire.

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