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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Love Among the Flames

Filed under: Animal Welfare — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 02:30

koala.jpgOver the past few days, the Austailian State of Victoria has been the site of some horrific fires. Worse–investigators believe some, if not all, were started at the hands of arsonists. Out of this nightmare, with a human death toll now approaching 200,┬ácomes this very touching photograph of a rescue worker providing some love and assistance to the most unlikely victim, a koala bear:

“The koala moved gingerly on scorched paws, crossing the blackened landscape as the fire patrol passed. Clearly in pain, the animal stopped when it saw firefighter David Tree following behind. ‘It was amazing, he turned around, sat on his bum and sort of looked at me with (a look) like, put me out of my misery,’ Tree told The Associated Press on Tuesday. ‘I yelled out for a bottle of water. I unscrewed the bottle, tipped it up on his lips and he just took it naturally. He kept reaching for the bottle, almost like a baby.’ The team called animal welfare officers as it resumed its patrols on Sunday, the day after deadly firestorms swept southern Victoria state. ‘I love nature, and I’ve handled koalas before. They’re not the friendliest things, but I wanted to help him,’ Tree said.”

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