Koala Survives Wild Fires…Video
Posted by lawman2 on February 11, 2009
HEALESVILLE, Australia (AP) — The koala moved gingerly on scorched paws, crossing the blackened landscape as the fire patrol passed.
Clearly in pain, the animal stopped when it saw firefighter David Tree following behind.
“It was amazing, he turned around, sat on his bum and sort of looked at me with (a look) like, put me out of my misery,” Tree told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “I yelled out for a bottle of water. I unscrewed the bottle, tipped it up on his lips and he just took it naturally. He kept reaching for the bottle, almost like a baby.” – Associated Press
The death toll from Australia’s wildfires could exceed 200, as investigators warned it will take months to identify the bodies and determine whether arsonists were responsible for the worst blaze which killed hundreds of people.
Authorities searching for answers to the carnage said they would rethink policies that allow residents to decide for themselves whether to evacuate their homes.
Authorities defended their preparation and actions during the fires that swept unchecked across south-eastern Australia last weekend and killed 181 people, saying the weather conditions were so extreme that it was almost impossible to avoid some level of catastrophe.
But they now agree all current policies would have to be reviewed to prevent a similar disaster from happening again.