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Taxidermy Specimen - Sam the Koala, Mirboo North, Victoria, 2009 Object Reg. No: HT 24230

Summary:
Sam's public story started a week prior to Black Saturday, when she was filmed drinking from a firefighter's water bottle. Sam's situation became known to Wildlife Rescue and Protection members on 6 February 2009. The publication of Sam's image became headline news around the world. She became a symbol of hope and resilience amidst the loss and trauma of Australia's worst bushfires on record. Sam recovered from her burns at the Southern Ash Wildlife Shelter, but was later euthanised due to chlamydiosis which is widespread in koalas and is exacerbated by loss of habitat.
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: bushfires, natural environment, wildlife rescue, black saturday bushfires 2009, taxidermy, david tree
Themes this item is part of: Sustainable Futures Collection, Victorian Bushfires Collection
Primary Classification: SUSTAINABILITY
Secondary Classification: Natural Disasters
Tertiary Classification: bushfires
Original Source: Mr David Tree - Country Fire Authority (CFA), Mirboo North, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia, 1 Feb 2009
Other Association (See Comments): Mr Mike Beamish, Mirboo North, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia, 6 Feb 2009

Mike and his wife rescued Sam.
Other Association (See Comments): Mrs Cathy Beamish, Mirboo North, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia, 6 Feb 2009

Cathy and her husband Mike rescued Sam.
Other Association (See Comments): Mrs Colleen Wood - Southern Ash Wildlife Shelter, Rawson, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia, 6 Feb 2009 - 6 Aug 2009

Volunteer Wildlife Carer for Sam.
Other Association (See Comments): Dr John Butler - Animal Clinic Morwell, Morwell, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia, 6 Feb 2009 - 6 Aug 2009

Wildlife Vet who treated Sam.

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