Thursday, 12 February 2009

REUNITED WITH SAM THE KOALA (and 11th Feb Journal Page)

It was hard not to journal about the bushfires and other than Sam the Koala, this story also caught my heart - Bellerine the possum, who was found in Healesville with third-degree burns on her feet. She was given her name, which means "little shoes" in French, after all of her feet were bandaged. (Photo by Stephen Harman) David Tree is reunited with Sam
(as reported in Herald Sun) reported byMegan McNaught February 12, 2009 SAM the world's most famous koala came face to face with her saviour in gold yesterday, Country Fire Authority volunteer David Tree. Mr Tree was close to tears when he was reunited with his new furry friend at the Mountain Ash Wildlife Shelter in Rawson, where Sam is recovering from third degree burns to her paws. The pair became accidental faces of the devastating bushfires when Mr Tree gave an exhausted Sam a drink from his water bottle in the middle of burnt-out bush in Mirboo North. The photograph has been picked up by major news agencies around the world. "Who knows if she recognised me or not but I would like to think so," Mr Tree said. "I got a bit choked up because it has been such an emotional week. It was just good to see her doing well." Sam was having her dressing changed by carer Colleen Wood when Mr Tree arrived. He said seeing her in pain hit home the damage that the fires were inflicting on helpless animals. "You could see where the black soles of her paws had been burnt off and they were pink and looked sore," he said. "She's been through a lot." He said animal carer Colleen Wood told him the koala may not have survived if he had not given her water at such a crucial time, because she would have been suffering severe dehydration. "This has been a really tough week for everyone so it is good to have one happy ending," Mr Tree said. "She was pretty friendly, she gave me a bit of a sniff and we touched noses." It will be about 5 months before Sam can be released back into the wild.
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7 comments:

Tanya said...

very touching and heartfelt page Mandy - well done :)

The Tucker's and Wolek's said...

Mandy....that literally brought tears to my eyes....what a story....wow wow wowwwwwwwwww

Jenneke said...

This is the second time I read this story. The first time it was in the middle of the night (I could not sleep... ;-)) and it made me so emotional that I could not finish reading it..
Now, the second time at about 3 o'clock in the afternoon, it brings tears to my eyes again...
Why is it that children and animals always touch our heart??
You made a wonderful layout of it, Mandy!! I admire the fact that you did this!

Wendy said...

This is a very touching page you made! It is terrible what happened with the fires, we hear it all over the news here in Belgium.

jacque4u2c said...

Very touching. Everyone is in my thoughts and prayers there in Australia.

Michelle LaPoint Rydell said...

So touching. I love the story of Sam the koala and the page with the possum is so heartwarming. Beautiful work. Thanks for sharing these stories Mandy!

Peggy said...

I absolutely adore your journal page, it shows both the horror of the fire, but there's also hope in it with that awesome picture of Bellerine, what an awesome page Mandy! Thank you also for keeping us updated on the fires and all that is related.
xxx Peggy