Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I Wish I Could Send You Some of This Water.

We are drenched in water right now... rains and melting snows and I'm praying it all dries up before it turns to ice again. Yeah, right. I'm sure we won't be that lucky.

Right now there are thousands of people in Australia without homes, entire towns were torched in the freakiest display of bush fires the country has known. At least 130 people died in these fires, but for some reason this sad little koala is the one who moved me to post on this. I feel an ache in my heart for those in Australia who are so in need.

A koala sips water from a bottle offered by a firefighter.

"David Tree noticed the koala moving gingerly on scorched paws as his fire patrol passed. Clearly in pain, the animal stopped when it saw Tree.

"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 to pick up the koala Sunday, the day after deadly firestorms swept southern Victoria state." Read the entire article here.

The following images are from an email sent by my pal Julia before the fires, when the biggest problem everyone was facing was the insane heat wave in Southern Australia.


E. Louise said...

I want a koala.

Carm said...

Man, me too....


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