Wildfires have been ripping through the Australian states of Victoria and South Australia, and some the blaze’s most vulnerable victims are the koala bears who live in the region. Jeremy the koala, the first fire victim to arrive at the Australian Marine Wildlife Research and Rescue Organization, has become something of a poster bear for the koalas’ plight. Four animal agencies have teamed up to treat him, and he wears special koala mittens to protect him from agitating the second-degree burns on his paws. His caretakers say he’s in good spirits and on the mend. Koalas have trouble escaping wildfires because they’re slow moving and spend so much time high above the ground in trees. Since the AMWRRO and other agencies are expecting many more victims, the International Fund for Animal Welfare is requesting koala mitten donations from around the world.
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Frisky readers, you know I would never steer you wrong where adorable animals are concerned. And that’s why I’m telling you to hop the first plane the Australia and find a koala to hug. Snuggle the shit out of that koala. It might be the last chance you ever get. We knew the koala population had been chopped nearly in half by the STD chlamydia, but the marsupials are also suffering from koala retrovirus, KoRV, an “AIDs-like virus” that decimates their immune system. In some areas of Australia, koalas are more badly infected than other areas, but a University of Queensland study last year suspected that “ultimately” all koala bears will have chlamydia. Together the chlamydia and KoRV mean koalas on the path to extinction. Scientists are working hard — overtime, one hopes — to map the koala genome and ascertain how best to protect the little guys. In the mean time, you should go snuggle a koala while you still can … and both of the Hemworth brothers, if you can shake it. [Guardian UK] [Photo of a koala from Shutterstock]
While America was shitting its collective pants yesterday, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were Down Under snuggling cute baby animals. They appear to have wrapped up the marsupials in Hermes scarves, complete with eucalyptus leaves and interspecies affection. I never would have thought I would be jealous of Camilla, but that koala kiss is stupid cute! Also, Ami wants me to make a joke about how Camilla is really the Duchess of Koala-wall. If you think that joke is lame, it’s not my fault. You hear? I take zero responsibility for how bad that joke is. [Photo: Getty]
This tiny koala joey was found abandoned on the side of the road in Australia, and wasn’t expected to survive due to extreme dehydration and malnutrition. At first he was so sick he even refused to feed, but he finally latched on to a bottle of formula, and now his future is looking bright. These days the 3-month-old marsupial has a proper name–Raymond–and a busy schedule hanging out on his caretaker’s desk between feedings. Check out another RIDICULOUSLY cute picture of Raymond lounging on a laptop keyboard, after the jump… Keep reading »
In this life, Miranda Kerr is Esquire magazine’s “Sexiest Woman Alive.” But in a past life, Miranda is convinced she was a koala. Why is she so sure she was a little furry marsupial, munching eucalyptus leaves?
“I like to climb. I find it very rewarding,” she explained. “I don’t like going down. I like going up.” It figures as an Australian, she would identify with a koala — had she grown up in the U.S., she might have just thought she was a squirrel! [Telegraph UK]
Miranda Kerr is just one of many, many, many celebrities who are convinced this life is not their first spin around the globe. And some of their reasoning is … out there … to put it kindly.
I’m sure you read the title of this post and were confused. I was too. I knew that there was a chlamydia epidemic amongst the Australian koala population after hearing the story of Samantha who was killed by the STI a few years back. Samantha is not alone –stats say about 80 percent of the marsupials are infected. But the latest scare down under is the spreading of the infection to One Direction band members Liam Payne and Harry Styles. While on tour in Brisbane, the One Direction boys spent some time cuddling with three-year-old koala Kat. Although transmission from koala to humans is unlikely, a minority of the creatures have a strain of chlamydia that can be passed to other species. Apparently, no one mentioned this to them before they got intimate with Kat. “I’m genuinely scared. This is worrying. I’d have never picked the thing up if I’d known,” said Liam. You live and you learn. Never pick up a koala unless you know she’s clean. Better get tested boys. [The Sun UK]