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What Happened to the Koala Trapped in the Flames?

What happened to the koala trapped in the flames since he's been rescued by a brave Australian woman? Currently being treated at a koala hospital, the severely burnt animal has just received a visit from the woman who saved him. Here is the footage of their reunion.

Lewis has long road to recovery ahead of him

This koala has escaped a terrible fate. He was dehydrated and starving. He put his snout in, but he didn’t have his drink. Trapped by the wildfires that have been ravaging Australia since late October 2019, this koala was rescued. But many others weren’t so lucky. According to the government, hundreds of koalas would have perished since the fires began. Wallabies, kangaroos, deer would get out because they can run. But koalas just really can’t. They will go up the tree and just hang on to the tree, and if the heat gets up to them, the flames get up to them, they just get singed.

Koala Hospital at Lake Innes Nature Reserve, around 350 of the 500 to 600 koalas that lived there are estimated to have died according to IUCN. It’s a dramatic loss for this species listed as “vulnerable.” It's a national tragedy because this koala population is so unique. The special importance of those koalas is that they are very genetically diverse. The authorities reported that an “unprecedented” number of bushfires was threatening New South Wales with 90 fires burning across the state. The previous week, a fire had already ravaged 2,000 hectares, an area the size of 2,800 football fields.

Temperatures of around 95°F, droughts and strong winds all created conditions conducive to fire based on data Australian Government & Bureau of Meteorology. 2018 was the 3rd-hottest year ever recorded in Australia. As a veil of smoke covered Sydney, more than 1,000 firefighters and 70 planes were mobilized to try to put a stop to the fires, while veterinary teams continue to treat the wounds of the rescued koalas. Toni Doherty’s courageous effort in saving the badly burned koala, named Lewis, also warmed the hearts of many at the same time. The hospital says Lewis has a long recovery and burns to his feet, chest and stomach are so severe he may not be allowed back in the wild.

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11/21/2019 2:55 PM
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2382 comments

  • Liliana S.
    05/11/2020 13:32

    Frumosule

  • Carmen C.
    05/07/2020 12:11

    Lewis mi è entrato nel cuore dal primo momento e ancora oggi soffro per come sono andate le cose. Avrei tanto voluto che questo piccolo amore fosse sopravvissuto... 😢

  • νικολαοσ μ.
    05/04/2020 04:06

    Κυρια μου το ειχα παρακολουθησει τοτε. Χιλια ΜΠΡΑΒΟ!!!!!!!!!

  • Georgina P.
    05/03/2020 23:41

    Did he make it? 🐨😢

  • Annette C.
    05/03/2020 22:07

    I thought Lewis didn't make it.

  • Marie-Helene O.
    05/03/2020 20:01

    Dear Lady Koala, THANK YOU THANK YOU SO SO MUCH for saving this baby, I know he is older but for me there are all our babies 🐨❤🐨🐨❤🐨🐨❤

  • Luis G.
    04/20/2020 23:05

    Pls keep us informed of the recovery of this Koala 🐨 Bear. It will greatly appreciated. God bless the lady that saved this poor old guy.

  • Nikki F.
    04/18/2020 15:50

    Is there any more recent updates ?

  • 宮本佐保
    04/18/2020 12:30

    Thank you for saving him .

  • Unica M.
    04/17/2020 12:07

    GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS

  • Marjorie S.
    04/09/2020 01:56

    God heal this poor animal totally and completely and bless it with many great blessings Amen and bless all who are helping

  • MinhNguyet J.
    04/06/2020 08:43

    love💕

  • Maria M.
    04/05/2020 19:07

    Hope he continued or continues to strive !

  • Marie G.
    03/15/2020 19:21

    Awww the poor little thing

  • Marc P.
    03/14/2020 14:51

    THIS KOALA NAMED LOUIS PASSED AWAY LAST NOVEMBER DUE TO ITS SEVERE INJURIES

  • Robert H.
    03/14/2020 14:49

    He's a survivor. So innocent and so precious. He's older. He's eating. And alive. Thanks to God and the lady who rescued him.

  • Marc P.
    03/14/2020 14:31

    THIS IS A OLD VIDEO OF THE KOALA THIS WAS TAKEN LAST OCTOBER EARLY NOVEMBER THIS KOALA NAMED LOUIS PASSED AWAY DUE TO ITS SEVERE BURNS

  • Carolyn W.
    03/12/2020 09:25

    😢🐾

  • Jenny T.
    03/05/2020 17:54

    🍀🐨🌿

  • Louisse K.
    02/24/2020 19:54

    We commend you!👏🏻♥️