Sam the Koala Dies

Back in February during our disastrous bushfires the world was touched by the story of Sam the Koala and a volunteer firefighter by the name of David Tree.

For those who haven’t seen it or who don’t know the story check this out –

After surviving her burns in a wildlife shelter for the past few months Sam was operated on today for the condition called  urogenital chlamydiosis, a life-threatening disease that affects 50 per cent of the koala population.   Unfortunately she died on the operating table.

For those who didn’t hear it at the time I heard David Tree interviewed on the Neil Mitchell program on radio station 3AW here in Melbourne not long after the incident happened, and I was hoping they would post it on their website.   For those who are interested in hearing the story you can listen to the audio here.

This was a story that touched all our hearts and it is sad that despite all she went through she was not able to be returned to the wild.

Interview with David Tree about Sam the Koala

As I said in the last post, I heard David Tree interviewed on the Neil Mitchell program on radio station 3AW here in Melbourne yesterday, and I was hoping they would post it on their website.   For those who are interested in hearing the story you can listen to the audio here.

Once again 3AW have done a fantastic job covering the fires. On Saturday as we were sitting at home listening to the sirens from the firetrucks and the helicopters flying overhead as a fire started half a kilometer south of where we live, it was 3AW that was providing the regular updates that gave me the confidence to stay at home.

Please leave a comment if you read this – there is amazing interest in this story from around the world and even this blog is getting hits from all over the place – so if you drop in let me know where you are from.

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Photo from AAP – Caption – Cheyenne Tree treats a Koala nicknamed Sam, saved from the bushfires in Gippsland, at the Mountain Ash Wildlife Center in Rawson, 100 miles (170 kilometers) east of Melbourne, Australia, where workers were scrambling to salve the wounds of possums, kangaroos and lizards Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009. More than 180 people were killed in the weekend’s fires, and on Wednesday, the scope of the devastation to Australia’s wildlife began to emerge, with officials estimating that millions of animals also perished in the inferno. (AP Photo)

Interview with David Tree about Sam the Koala

As I said in the last post, I heard David Tree interviewed on the Neil Mitchell program on radio station 3AW here in Melbourne yesterday, and I was hoping they would post it on their website.   For those who are interested in hearing the story you can listen to the audio here.

Once again 3AW have done a fantastic job covering the fires. On Saturday as we were sitting at home listening to the sirens from the firetrucks and the helicopters flying overhead as a fire started half a kilometer south of where we live, it was 3AW that was providing the regular updates that gave me the confidence to stay at home.

Please leave a comment if you read this – there is amazing interest in this story from around the world and even this blog is getting hits from all over the place – so if you drop in let me know where you are from.

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Photo from AAP – Caption – Cheyenne Tree treats a Koala nicknamed Sam, saved from the bushfires in Gippsland, at the Mountain Ash Wildlife Center in Rawson, 100 miles (170 kilometers) east of Melbourne, Australia, where workers were scrambling to salve the wounds of possums, kangaroos and lizards Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009. More than 180 people were killed in the weekend’s fires, and on Wednesday, the scope of the devastation to Australia’s wildlife began to emerge, with officials estimating that millions of animals also perished in the inferno. (AP Photo)

Interview with David Tree about Sam the Koala

As I said in the last post, I heard David Tree interviewed on the Neil Mitchell program on radio station 3AW here in Melbourne yesterday, and I was hoping they would post it on their website.   For those who are interested in hearing the story you can listen to the audio here.

Once again 3AW have done a fantastic job covering the fires. On Saturday as we were sitting at home listening to the sirens from the firetrucks and the helicopters flying overhead as a fire started half a kilometer south of where we live, it was 3AW that was providing the regular updates that gave me the confidence to stay at home.

Please leave a comment if you read this – there is amazing interest in this story from around the world and even this blog is getting hits from all over the place – so if you drop in let me know where you are from.

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Photo from AAP – Caption – Cheyenne Tree treats a Koala nicknamed Sam, saved from the bushfires in Gippsland, at the Mountain Ash Wildlife Center in Rawson, 100 miles (170 kilometers) east of Melbourne, Australia, where workers were scrambling to salve the wounds of possums, kangaroos and lizards Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009. More than 180 people were killed in the weekend’s fires, and on Wednesday, the scope of the devastation to Australia’s wildlife began to emerge, with officials estimating that millions of animals also perished in the inferno. (AP Photo)

David Tree and Sam the Koala

For those who haven’t seen this footage yet please have a look at one of the things that has provided a bright spot in the darkness. To David Tree and the other firefighters and animal rescuers – well done and thank you.

To TMZ who mocked the story – Sorry guys, this is neither humorous nor satirical just poor taste. David Tree is an ordinary bloke doing extraordinary things in a horrific situation. I’ve just heard him interviewed on the Neil Mitchell program on 3AW and if it gets posted onto their website I’ll provide a link for people to have a listen.

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Update after the comment from Emma Halden.

You can purchase a photo of Sam here and all proceeds go to the Country Fire Authority with which our volunteer firefighters serve.

David Tree and Sam the Koala

For those who haven’t seen this footage yet please have a look at one of the things that has provided a bright spot in the darkness. To David Tree and the other firefighters and animal rescuers – well done and thank you.

To TMZ who mocked the story – Sorry guys, this is neither humorous nor satirical just poor taste. David Tree is an ordinary bloke doing extraordinary things in a horrific situation. I’ve just heard him interviewed on the Neil Mitchell program on 3AW and if it gets posted onto their website I’ll provide a link for people to have a listen.

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Update after the comment from Emma Halden.

You can purchase a photo of Sam here and all proceeds go to the Country Fire Authority with which our volunteer firefighters serve.

David Tree and Sam the Koala

For those who haven’t seen this footage yet please have a look at one of the things that has provided a bright spot in the darkness. To David Tree and the other firefighters and animal rescuers – well done and thank you.

To TMZ who mocked the story – Sorry guys, this is neither humorous nor satirical just poor taste. David Tree is an ordinary bloke doing extraordinary things in a horrific situation. I’ve just heard him interviewed on the Neil Mitchell program on 3AW and if it gets posted onto their website I’ll provide a link for people to have a listen.

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Update after the comment from Emma Halden.

You can purchase a photo of Sam here and all proceeds go to the Country Fire Authority with which our volunteer firefighters serve.