Koala rescued from Australia's wildfire wasteland
HEALESVILLE, Australia (AP) - It's one small bright moment in Australia's wildfire tragedy.
A female koala nicknamed "Sam" is said to be doing fine after being rescued by a firefighter.
David Tree says the koala was moving gingerly on scorched paws, crossing the blackened landscape, clearly in pain. It stopped when it saw Tree following behind.
Tree says he gave the koala water from a bottle. Tree's fire team called animal welfare officers as it resumed its patrols on
Sunday, the day after deadly firestorms swept southern Victoria
Thousands of acres have been burned out, almost 1,000 homes destroyed and more than 180 people killed.
Countless animals were killed in the disaster, which hit farming and forest regions to the north and east of the Victoria state
capital of Melbourne.