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    Default Australian animal hospital makes festive appeal to adopt cute koalas

    We've had campaigns encouraging us to adopt all kinds of animals from puppies to penguins.
    But now these cute koalas bears - who are all injured - are being put up for adoption by animal carers who hope they will appeal as a novel Christmas gift.
    The Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie, New South Wales hopes animal-loving Britons will take part in the online adoption as a seasonal gesture of goodwill to help them and many others on the road to recovery.

    Koala cutie: Bermuda Barb has a broken arm after she was attacked by a dog

    The hospital hopes the adoption idea will raise funds to care for its sick and injured animals - and continue research to prevent the species sliding into extinction.
    All the koalas being cared for at the hospital have been given names such as Aussie Mick, Bonny Ash, Hibiscus Brian and Tuffy Tuffin.
    Anyone receiving adoption papers as a Christmas gift will also get a photograph of their new furry friend and be able to follow its progress online as it recovers in the hospital.

    Lucky escape: Binnacle Clearview, left, suffered minor burns after a bush fire that left Bonny Fire, right, badly burned. Both bears are now doing well

    Adoptive parents will be given the name of their koala and a short history of its life and how it came to be a patient at the hospital.
    Many of the koalas have been attacked by dogs, hit by motor cars or simply ran out of food they eat only gum-tree leaves as urbanisation encroached on their territory.
    Money raised from the adoption programme will fund a treatment room, eight intensive care units, a 24hour rescue and treatment operation and 33 recovery yards.
    'People agreeing to adopt a koala will help us fund their treatment and eventual release back into the wild wherever possible,' said a spokeswoman for the hospital.

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    'The extra funds will also assist us in preserving and expanding their habitat and help with our research.
    'We are constantly looking at their habitat, the diseases that strike them, their nutrition and their general way of living.'
    The cost to Britons interested in adopting a koala is 21 for each year an animal remains under their far-away watchful eye.
    The Australian Koala Foundation says that from a population of three million when white settlers arrived in Australia, marsupial numbers Australia-wide are now less than 100,000.
    This is due to earlier widespread shooting of the animals for their fur and, in more recent times, the loss of their habitat to housing estates and new roads.
    Christmas G'Day: Australian animal hospital makes festive appeal to adopt cute koala bears | Mail Online

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    What a great idea. I've adopted a panda
    (surprise, I know)!!

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    i love Koala bears.
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