Thirsty koala licks rainwater off road after downpour
A video of a koala bear licking rainwater off the road has gone viral on social media, after several weeks of severe wildfires in Australia.
The footage was filmed by New South Wales resident Pamela Schramm, who spotted the adorable little marsupial on Moree to Croppa Creek Road. In the caption for her Facebook post, Pamela explained she didn’t often use that particular road and hadn’t seen any koalas in the wild before in the area.
Watch the adorable - albeit, heartbreaking - video of the koala below:
Pamela was concerned about the animal, so she brought a carer to inspect the koala. The koala had scurried up into a tree, and the carer determined the koala was healthy, with no symptoms of diarrhoea and chlamydia
Speaking to the Daily Mail Australia, Pamela stated: "I thought he was injured as he was so quiet. But once he walked a little I realized he was fine. We couldn’t get him off the road he was just so thirsty. When we got close to the tree he moved higher up. Which is exactly what a healthy koala should do."
In a Facebook post, Schramm is now urging motorists to take care when driving on the roads, writing: "Please be careful on the roads. Wildlife coming out to drink. It’s heartbreaking to see them stressed. This was on the Moree to Croppa Creek Road."
In another viral video to come out of Australia, a family filmed a koala drinking out of a well with their pet dog:
If you would like to donate to the fire departments continuing to battle the blazes, please find information below:
The NSW Rural Fire Service has multiple options for direct donations. You can donate to the RFS as a whole, or to specific brigades. You can donate through bank transfer, credit card or cheque.
For bank transfers, there is a set bank account (Account Name: NSW Rural Fire Service, BSB: 032-001, Account No: 171051). This account is for the RFS as a whole.
This link will take you to the landing page for credit card donations. You can donate to the RFS general fund or choose specific brigades from the dropdown box.
In Queensland, Fire and Rescue advise that you can donate both money and items through the website givit.org.au. The website allows fire-affected communities to list what they specifically need, from water tanks in Yeppoon to school uniforms in Zillmere.
In Victoria, the Country Fire Authority has two bank accounts - one for specific brigades and one for the general fund.
If you cannot find the particular brigade you are looking for, you can contact them directly.