Koalas Desperate for Water in Australian Heat Wave
Deb Kelly, a spokeswoman from the animal welfare unit of the Department of Environment and Heritage, which is treating about 100 dehydrated koalas, told ABC that the actions of this koala were very rare, and that this little guy was probably a weaning youngster that had devised this plan of stopping cyclists as a means of survival. Koalas typically get refreshment from gum leaves but the heat wave has dried those trees out.
Snapshots of another koala trying to cool down in a bucket of water on someone's porch made its way around the Internet late last week. In a video posted on YouTube on Jan. 31, a man is filmed giving a koala some water from a backyard hose. "This little guy has been here three days," he says. "Hopefully we can get him through this heat wave and back to his gum trees."
We hope these furry Aussie friends get some relief soon!
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