Lewis the koala dies one week after being rescued from Australian fires

The now-famous koala named Lewis died in a local koala hospital just days after a local woman saved him from a wildfire in the Australian state of New South Wales. Lewis was treated for his wounds, but they were so severe he could not be saved.

A total area of over 42 million acres has been burned leaving an estimated 1 billion animals dead. The fires have caused the biggest devastation of habitats in recorded history.

As blazes raged through the country, 34 people have died, and thousands of homes were destroyed. 

The impact on wildlife is unimaginable, as vast areas of habitat have been scorched. Officials fear the toll on native species of animals and plants will be immense.

The country's koala populations has been a major victim of the bushfires, with thousands of the animals feared killed.






  • Prayers for our beautiful animals and for the firefighters

    Marie Ardolino
  • Koalas are my very favorite little sweet creature in the world. I have been in love with them since visiting Australia in 1986 and getting to actually interact with them. I am so sorry about the horror of the brutal and killing fires that happened. I pray for them to hopefully return to better population numbers. It would break my heart if they were to become extinct! I keep Australia and the koalas in prayers…..I got to hold a koala while in Australia and I have never stopped loving them since…God bless all who try to save and rebuild their population of koala.. God bless.

    Martha Farrellbegg
  • When my daughter was home sick I bought her a stuffed Koala. This animal is my favorite and has been for many years.

    Anna Ward
  • Sweet little koalas need rescuing. Fire is so dangerous for their survival. 😢

    Carolyn Wade
  • God bless all of those people who helped put out those fire’s!!! God bless, and watch over the one’s that were saved. Yes, and God willing that those fire’s are out for good!!! I have alway’s loved them. They are just to cute to hurt or kill. Like that one wood company went, and did. For shame on them for killing all of those families.

    Shelley Ryset

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