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Another koala video gone viral. A heartbreaking video shows a koala in Adelaide, Australia stopping a cyclist and gesturing as if asking for water. The city has been experience an extreme heatwave and has been under fire, literally. Adelaide is part of the country that has been experiencing devastating bushfires.
The cyclist, Anna Heusler, told News18 that seeing koalas isn’t unusual, but that the koala reacted strangely. The koala gestured as if it wanted water and Heusler offered the animal water from her bottle. Heusler then escorted the koala back into the forest, where it had been unharmed from the local fires.
Koalas has been center story of the bushfires in recent weeks, as their numbers continue to dwindle. New reports say that koalas in the areas have been reduced by 30%. The bushfires have burned 25,000 hectares in the area.
Read all One Green Planet coverage of the bushfires and koalas, below:
- Koalas on the Verge of Extinction Due to Record Breaking Forest Fires and Deforestation
- Fires in Australia Blanket Sydney in Smog as PM Denies Climate Change
- Watch Brave Woman Rescue Koala from Blazing Australian Bushfires
- Petition: Support the Proposal for a Refuge to Save Koalas From Extinction!
- Petition: Protect Koalas From Extinction by Stopping Rampant Deforestation
- Koala Heroically Saved From Australian Bushfires Has Passed Away Due to Severe Burns
- One in Three Koalas on Australia’s East Coast Wiped Out Due to Devastating Bushfires
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