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16:14, February 14, 2009

Firefighter recognized for rescuing koala


A koala named Sam is given a drink of water by Country Fire Authority volunteer fire fighter Dave Tree as he rescued her after deadly fires swept through the area of Mirboo North, about 120km (75 miles) southeast of Melbourne, Feb. 8, 2009.

The firefighter who offered a koala water in a bushfire area will receive recognition from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia-Pacific, which made the announcement on Saturday.

David Tree, Victorian volunteer firefighter, spotted the injured koala, Sam, gave it a drink of water when helping out in battling the fires in a burnt-out forest which is about 150 kilometers east of Melbourne.

That touching picture was captured and broadly used by the media.


A Koala nicknamed Sam, saved from the bushfires in Gippsland, is cared 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. A thirsty koala rescued from the Australian wildfires has become a star on video-sharing website YouTube, providing much-needed relief from the disaster that has killed more than 180 people.(Xinhua/AFP Photo)

"This tragedy has shown the best and worst in people," said PETA director Jason Baker.

"The compassion that David Tree showed in caring for Sam is an inspiration to others throughout the community and beyond," he added.


A koala named Bob (top), rescued from last week's deadly bushfires, puts his paw around new friend and fellow fire survivor Sam as she recovers from her burns at Southern Ash Wildlife Centre near Melbourne Feb.11, 2009. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Tree would receive the Hero to Animals Award for the rescue from PETA.

Besides, PETA also urged authorities to pursue animal cruelty charges after up to 1 million native animals perished in the fires.


A Koala nicknamed Sam, saved from the bushfires in Gippsland, is cared 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.(Photo: chinanews.cn)



A Koala nicknamed Sam, saved from the bushfires in Gippsland, is recovering at the Mountain Ash Wildlife Center in Rawson, Australia, where workers were scrambling to salve the wounds of possums, kangaroos and lizards Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009. (Photo: chinanews.cn)

Source:Xinhua

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