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Friday, August 7, 2009

Sam Australia’s Heartwarming Koala Dies

Filed under: Animal Welfare — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 02:39

View Image Sam, the koala bear who warmed hearts all over the world after befriending a firefighter during the aftermath of Australia’s deadly brush fires, has died. She was expected to undergo surgery today to treat cysts as a result of urogenital chlamydiosis, a life-threatening disease that affects 50 per cent of the koala population. Vet John Butler told waiting media outside Morwell Veterinary Clinic that due to complications with the disease, the best course of action was to put Sam down. “The changes were consistent with the Chlamydia infection. It was so severe that there was no possible way to be able to manage her pain. ” Colleen Wood and her team at Southern Ash Wildlife shelter and all of those who have been involved with Sam are devastated with this loss.” Below, watch as Sam graciously accepts a helping hand and becomes friends with an Australian firefighter:

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