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. While finally out, 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 since the emergency began in November.

The impact on wildlife is yet unknown, but vast areas of habitat have been scorched. Officials fear the toll on native flora and woodland will be immense.

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


 

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823 comments

  • I could not stop crying after watching the rescue of Lewis and listening to his cry’s as people were trying to help the poor little soul. God bless you all.❤️🌺🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🌺❤️

    Susan Molnar
  • It was so heartbreaking to see the little bear suffering! I have tears running down my face!

    Judy Fetterhoff
  • I’m so sorry about Lewis and all the lives lost because of the brush fires. God bless you all. ❤️

    Angie
  • I don’t understand why more countries aren’t helping! Rip little animals lost In these fires. You deserve better

    Denise
  • Please help save my SECOND Homeland and Koala environment. My mother was an Australian WWII War Bride and I have been back to OZ as well as both my sons, one in the US Navy, and the other backpacking the “gold coast”.

    Ken Wirtz

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