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    Default Sam and Bob. Scorched koalas find love. Awwwww!

    Pictured: The badly burned koalas who became best friends after surviving Australia's deadliest bushfires


    By Mail Foreign Service
    Last updated at 1:29 PM on 11th February 2009

    A love story between two badly burned koalas rescued from Australia's deadliest bushfires has provided some heart-warming relief after days of devastation and the loss of over 180 lives.

    The story of Sam and her new boyfriend Bob emerged after volunteer firefighter Dave Tree used a mobile phone to film the rescue of the bewildered female.

    She was found cowering in a burned out forest at Mirboo North, 90 miles southeast of Melbourne.

    Enlarge Badly burnt koala Bob (top) gives his new friend Sam a hug: Both animals have been taken to a wildlife centre near Melbourne after being rescued from Australia's deadly bush fires

    Photos and a video of Tree, 44, approaching Sam while talking gently to her, and feeding her water from a plastic bottle as she put her burned claw in his cold, wet hand quickly hit video sharing website YouTube.

    But it was after reaching a wildlife shelter that Sam met and befriended Bob, who was saved by wildlife workers on Friday, two days before Sam.

    Tree, who has been a volunteer firefighter for 26 years, said it was extremely rare to get so close to a koala so he asked his colleague Brayden Groen, 20, to film him.

    'You can how she stops and moves forward and looks at me. It was like a look saying

    "I can't run, I'm weak and sore, put me out of my misery",' Tree said.
    'I yelled out for some water and I sat down with her and tipped the water up.


    Recovering: Sam will not be ready to be released into the wild for several months

    'It was in my hand and she reached for the bottle then put her right claw into my left hand which was cold so it must have given her some pain relief and she just left it there. It was just amazing.'

    Sam was taken to the Southern Ash Wildlife Shelter in Rawson.

    Her story was reminiscent of a koala named Lucky who survived the 2003 bushfires that destroyed about 500 homes and killed four people in the capital of Canberra.

    Lucky became a symbol of hope.

    Colleen Wood from the Southern Ash Wildlife Shelter that is caring for Sam and Bob said both koalas were doing well while other animals like possums, kangaroos, and wallabies were also starting to emerge from the debris.

    Inquisitive: Sam takes a look at the camera - and shows off her badly injured paws which have had to be bandaged

    She said Sam had suffered second degree burns to her paws and would take seven to eight months to recover while Bob had three burned paws with third degree burns and should be well enough to return to the bush in about four months.

    'They keep putting their arms around each other and giving each other hugs. They really have made friends and it is quite beautiful to see after all this. It's been horrific,' said Wood.

    'Sam is probably aged between two to four going by her teeth and Bob is about four so they have a muchness with each other.'

    Wood said about 20 koalas had been brought into her shelter in recent days, several of whom had bonded as koalas are known to clump together, but none had garnered the same attention as the new Internet star Sam.

    Internet hit: The original picture of David Tree sharing his water with Sam. She was later taken to the rescue centre
    Tree, a volunteer with the Country Fire Authority Victoria, has visited Sam since her rescue and was delighted to see she had found a boyfriend in Bob.

    'They've really taken a shine to each other as they are both burnt and share the same burnt smell,' he said.

    'My heart goes out to the people in these fires and this was so innocent so people have used this to distract them from all the sad stuff that has gone on.

    'It gives people a bit of hope.'
    Australians take comfort in the badly burned koalas who became best friends after surviving bushfires | Mail Online

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    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyA7lJI_gF8[/youtube]


    source: Bandaged koala saved from Aussie fires | Metro.co.uk



    Source: Victoria's killer fires | Herald Sun



    source: World&squo;s most famous koala Sam reunited with bushfire rescuer | Herald Sun
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    Glad Sam is doing great...

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    Amazing how tame they are.
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    soooo cute.
    they kinda have phil spector hair.
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    'They've really taken a shine to each other as they are both burnt and share the same burnt smell,' he said.

    See, there really is someone for everybody.


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    Awwww....that's so sweet. Somebody get me some kleenex.....

    I hope they release them together, and don't split them up. It sounds like Sam has more recovery to do than Bob.
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    Too cute, and such a sweet story.


    The bandaged paws made me cry.

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    Is this a great story or WHAT? Such trust that animal displayed.

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    wait til they're well enough to have crazy koala sex, you won't be awwwwing so much.
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    The bandaged paws make me tear up too. Poor little creature.

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    Over a million animals have died in the bushfires. This story is just what we need. I hope Sam and Bob have lots of crazy koala sex and lotsa koala chav babies.
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    Me too. And that their koala-lets come out without that burned smell.

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    Koala-chav babies!!

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    See? These koalas are cute. All these cute koalas and y'all want to coo and aww over that effing psycho-koala in the pasta pot.
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    Aww. Watching that little guy drink 3 bottles of water from the firefighter was seriously the sweetest thing.

    I'm glad she's doing better and finding a playmate.

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