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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-10-09 08:15 PM
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Thirsty koalas desperate for water hailing down passers-by in Australia


Here's an unexpected moment shared with a weaning koala clearly suffering in the heatwave.

It was early evening on a day when finally we had some relief from the heat of the middle of the day when the (young koala) displayed his new skill of hailing cyclists and sharing their drink bottles with them.



The photo of the koala bathing was taken in Maude in the Mid North of South Australia.

The koala came to the back porch looking for relief, the lady of the house put out the basin and the koala promptly sat itself in the water.

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To donate to the Australian Koala Foundation ("the largest organization in the world devoted to preserving this species habitat and food source."), see:

https://www.savethekoala.com/donatesupport.html

"No tree, no me!" is their motto.



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Delphinus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-10-09 08:22 PM
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1. Thank goodness the
kind-hearted people of Australia are helping the animal kingdom out.
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truedelphi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-10-09 08:22 PM
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2. Oh the poor little guys.
Maybe someone could send me half a dozen - california ia overrun with Eucalyptus so they would have plenty to eat here.

But where I live, this year all the pear orchard owners are ripping out their orchards to plant vineyards. the predicted loss of wildlife habitat is staggering.

One sports writer laments that each year California deer lose 15% of their population to habitat loss. And that is not taking into account the loss of life to rabbits, reptiles, birds, badgers, coons, skunks, wolf, coyote, bobcat etc.

When I think of Australia's water shortage, I think about how the major rain forests in Malaysia and the Indian peninsula have been torn apart to answer the West's desire for gorgeous hardwood furniture. ONce that area became barren, the wind moving to Australia could not bring with it the water created from those forests.
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Gregorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-10-09 08:27 PM
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4. Argh! Now Lake County is getting into the stupidity?
God I remember when one could buy Lake county for nothing. I hate vineyards. BOOOO! There is one upside. Vineyards beat housing developments.

Now where's my koala? They look quite huggable. Poor babies.

I caught a mouse yesterday and then fed him cheese. That's my story.
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robinlynne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-11-09 02:08 AM
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15. great story!
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truedelphi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-11-09 02:55 AM
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18. Lucky little mouse.
Edited on Wed Feb-11-09 02:56 AM by truedelphi
Up until around 2001, a person could buy here in Lake County for just a fraction of what they would pay in other areas of the state. And you would get the cleanest air in the world to boot.

The economic crisis is pushing prices on homes back to what they were six years ago. So that is an upside for anyone who has a job and didn't fall for the hoopla during the housing crisis.
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lumberjack_jeff Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-11-09 11:17 AM
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27. What a coincidence! I caught a mouse by feeding him cheese.
That's my story, although it's not such a happy ending for the mouse.
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Bryn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-12-09 12:58 AM
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37. Hugs!
:hug:
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carlyhippy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-10-09 08:26 PM
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3. The poor little fellas
I wish they could send me a few of them
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msongs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-10-09 08:30 PM
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6. here's a few more pics...
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-10-09 08:29 PM
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5. Omg.
:(
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Qanisqineq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-10-09 08:31 PM
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7. I was wondering what animals were being affected by the fires
That is so sad. Poor little koalas.
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Big Blue Marble Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-11-09 08:04 PM
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32. This morning,
I read that over one million animals have been killed by the fires, cats and dogs left behind, farm animals,
and wild animals, too. This is a tragedy to large to contemplate.
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Fire1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-10-09 09:12 PM
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8. What next?? This is terrible, just terrible.
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chill_wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-10-09 10:21 PM
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9. ! ! Sad. :-(
Edited on Tue Feb-10-09 10:21 PM by chill_wind
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jberryhill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-10-09 10:52 PM
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10. That's highly unusual
Edited on Tue Feb-10-09 10:54 PM by jberryhill
Koalas don't drink much, and generally get most of their hydration from the eucalyptus leaves they eat.

They are also not the most active animals - they sleep 19 hours a day, and during the time they are awake, they spend a lot of time "resting".

I hope they are careful with the bottles - chlamydia is epidemic among koalas.
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rvablue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-11-09 12:30 AM
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12. Well, unless the bikers have chlamydia, I think they would be safe
plus they are known to be such timid and lethargic animals, that if they are approaching humans looking for water, they must be a little desperate for it.

These pics are so adorable.....almost surreal....they are such neat little creatures!
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jberryhill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-11-09 08:58 AM
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26. I wonder what the biker intends to do with the bottle...
Edited on Wed Feb-11-09 09:00 AM by jberryhill
...after the koala has used it.

But approaching people is just bizarre for koalas. At wildlife centers and zoos where visitors are allowed to handle koalas, Australian regulations limit that sort of activity to 1/2 per day per koala, because it stresses them out.

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Eryemil Donating Member (958 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-12-09 12:50 AM
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34. Anthropomorphising much? I bet not half as many of you would care if...
Edited on Thu Feb-12-09 12:51 AM by Eryemil
...it were something "ugly".

But I suppose I'm a bit bitter, considering I worked with animals for so long.
No one cares about the ugly things. There's a reason they always use the fuzzballs in order to garner sympathy.
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Eryemil Donating Member (958 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-12-09 12:53 AM
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35. Fuck, how did this end here? Sorry!
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Lady-Damai Donating Member (756 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-11-09 02:53 AM
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17. WHAT! Chlamydia?! Wow...interesting info. n/t
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amborin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-10-09 11:57 PM
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11. and they're usually pretty timid too, aren't they?
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-11-09 03:33 AM
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19. I believe they are pretty bad-tempered
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lebkuchen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-11-09 12:37 AM
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13. video of volunteer fire fighter giving 3 bottles of water to a koala
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Beacool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-11-09 02:32 AM
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16. Awwww, the poor little guy!!!!
It's so sad what's happening in Australia. My heart goes out to them!!!

:(
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OmmmSweetOmmm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-11-09 08:34 AM
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22. I'm blubbering here. That lucky "baby" and that wonderful fire fighter. Thanks for posting this.
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-12-09 09:44 PM
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42. Here Sam is with her little paws wrapped
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Tinksrival Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-12-09 01:10 AM
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40. Here's a pick for those who can't play the video
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blaze Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-12-09 09:34 PM
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41. My thanks to fire fighters everywhere! n/t
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-11-09 12:45 AM
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14. think about that -- they are approaching bikers for water. nt
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-11-09 08:17 AM
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20. Incredibly intelligent animals, aren't they?
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-11-09 02:28 PM
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28. Most animals are more intelligent than people know.
Which makes us less intelligent than we think we are.

Or something.
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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-11-09 11:17 PM
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33. In some ways, they are more intelligent than us.
They learn our language. They know what our habits are. They adapt to our environment better than we can adapt to their environment. They outsmart us when they are pets and it's medicine time. They know how to get us to share our most favorite food with them. I'd say they are a tad bit smarter than us on quite a few levels. :)
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Starry Messenger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-11-09 08:21 AM
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21. Poor little guys.
:( They must be really desperate to approach humans like that.
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-11-09 08:42 AM
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24. Yup.
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roguevalley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-11-09 05:49 PM
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29. sweet god. what a cute little baby. :(
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-11-09 07:27 PM
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31. "I iz not any happier about this than you are!"
Is what I'm thinking he's thinking. :)
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Bryn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-12-09 01:02 AM
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38. Oh, my baby!
:loveya:
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OmmmSweetOmmm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-11-09 08:37 AM
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23. This is so incredible that these beautiful wild babies know to ask for help from humans.
Edited on Wed Feb-11-09 08:37 AM by OmmmSweetOmmm
This thread has me in tears...gotta hug my kitties now and a hug to you too Bluebear :hug:
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-11-09 06:39 PM
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30. Back at you
:hug:

Bless the beasts...
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GCP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-11-09 08:55 AM
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25. We'll never know how many animals were killed by those awful fires
Many many more than the human toll. Poor, poor things.
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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-12-09 12:55 AM
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36. I wonder if the koalas are teaching each other where to get water.
Something like the Japanese snow monkeys that take baths in the hot springs.
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Elidor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-12-09 01:07 AM
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39. I thought their motto was
A koala bear eats roots shoots and leaves.

:evilgrin:
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