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    Sam the koala dies

    August 6, 2009 - 5:09PM




    David Tree gives water to koala Sam. Photo: Russell Vickery


    Sam the koala, made famous by footage of her drinking from a firefighter's water bottle during Victoria's summer bushfires, has died.
    The four-year-old koala was put down today during major surgery to remove cysts associated with chlamydia, a life-threatening disease that causes cervical infection and has ravaged Victoria's koala population.
    Peita Elkhorne, from Tress-Cox Lawyers, which represented Sam and Southern Ash Wildlife Shelter, where the koala recuperated from her burns, confirmed the koala's death.
    "It is a sad day," Ms Elkhorne said.

    John Butler operated on Sam at the Morwell Veterinary Clinic.
    "Dr Butler discovered Sam had severe changes in her urinary and reproductive tract that were non-operable and unfortunately had to put Sam to sleep," Ms Elkhorne said.

    "The changes were consistent with the chlamydia infection. It was so severe that there was no possible way to be able to manage her pain."
    The touching image of CFA firefighter David Tree offering Sam a gulp of water from his bottle flashed around the world during the February fires.
    The video was taken in the week leading up to the deadliest bushfires in Australian history, during preventative backburning operations.
    Despite suffering burns to her paws and smoke inhalation, Sam provided welcome inspiration to whose who had lost everything.
    Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said the world had seen the photo of Sam as a symbol of hope.

    "I think that gave people of the world a great sense that this country Australia could come through those fires - as we have," Mr Rudd told reporters in Cairns.
    "Sam the koala was part of the symbolism of that and it's tragic that Sam the koala is no longer with us."

    The photo and an accompanying video helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the CFA and wildlife shelter.
    "Other shelters face this in every bushfire season," Ms Elkhorne said.
    "Even though Sam didn't make it, hopefully this will create awareness for the work they do."


    Sam was recovering well from her burns when the chlamydia set in.
    Staff at the shelter braced for the worst when the koala went in for surgery; koalas have a low recovery rate from abdominal surgery.
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    Bushfire victim Sam the koala's burns are treated by Colleen Wood at a shelter in Rawson.



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    Bless her little heart. She touched so many people.
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    Aww, this made me sniffle. That's so sad. Rip, sweet Sam, you truly were a symbol of hope. You will be dearly missed.
    Rock the fuck on!

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    oh no.

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    Poor Sam.

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    that's what you get for being a whore
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    The four-year-old koala was put down today during major surgery to remove cysts associated with chlamydia, a life-threatening disease that causes cervical infection and has ravaged Victoria's koala population.
    Chlamydia? As in the sexually transmitted disease?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    that's what you get for being a whore
    You can tell us about your experiences later Grimmlok, but lets talk about this poor little koala first
    beauty is only skin deep (where's the scalpel?)

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    Yes, let's.

    *checks*

    Yep, still dead from the clap.
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    Seriously, how are koala bears getting chlamydia? *confused*

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    Was Bob responsible?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurent View Post
    Seriously, how are koala bears getting chlamydia? *confused*
    According to this link many animals can get it including sheep, horses, cats, etc. Friends of the Koalas - Koala Facts - Problems

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    Awww...no

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    that's what you get for being a whore


    damn you! i was all sad from reading about this and then you made me laugh!

    awww, poor sam. and isn't chlamydia treatable? if they know koalas are getting infected, why don't they at least test all the koalas in captivity and treat them before it's too late?
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    The poor koala population in parts of Victoria were nearly wiped out from bushfires, and now this insidious disease seems to take care of the rest. This is so sad as Sam was a species of koala that is dying out.

    Poor Sam - she put up a brave fight.

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