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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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  • MinhNguyet J.
    3 days

    love💕

  • Maria M.
    3 days

    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!👏🏻♥️

  • Sara D.
    02/22/2020 23:48

    He was eating, showing a will to live, and yet he was killed. I don’t understand.

  • Anthony P.
    02/21/2020 18:52

    God bless

  • Brenda C.
    02/20/2020 16:37

    Thank you to the lady who rescued the Kola! You are an Angel!!

  • Kathy B.
    02/20/2020 05:37

    Poor babies 😪😪😪😪🙏🙏😇😇❤️❤️

  • Ronny T.
    02/17/2020 07:11

    GBU Kind Lady ☺

  • Steph P.
    02/17/2020 05:44

    Sad isn’t the word. These poor babies suffering. Poor babies burnt up. So much beautiful wildlife taken from us. Pure evilness. I pray for Australia and all the innocent animals. So sad. God bless all the hard workers. Donations. And once again all these babies. 🙏❤️🙏

  • H-Agnes P.
    02/15/2020 15:06

    🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  • Astrid M.
    02/12/2020 21:43

    So sad that he died 😭 He was just beautiful!

  • Jennifer C.
    02/12/2020 02:34

    Sadly Lewis passed away but there is a fund named after him. So sad!

  • Katalin L.
    02/10/2020 09:24

    ♥️🌹

  • Pamela P.
    02/10/2020 02:10

    Bless your hearts