Thursday, February 12

true compassion


CFA firefighter Mr Tree said he was in the middle of backburning at Mirboo North when he saw the stricken koala.
"I could see she had sore feet and was in trouble, so I pulled over the fire truck. She just plonked herself down, as if to say 'I'm beat'," he said. "I offered her a drink and she drank three bottles.

"The most amazing part was when she grabbed my hand. I will never forget that."


image by Mark Pardew

6 comments:

Stewart said...

There's a whole story and video here.
http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,25039954-952,00.html?referrer=email

Can you believe the guys name is Mr Tree?

Kel said...

lol. its rather unbelievable! i LOVE just this story and image. it breaks my heart.

Annuska said...

We also decided as a family to not only donate for the people but for the wildlife after we read this story! So sad and beautiful. A million animals dead is such an enormous cypher!

Kel said...

yes, as nobody has yet taken up the donation giveaway, i decided to donate the 30 to the Vic Animal Rescue. I have seen some incredible images of thousands of animals fleeling forests onto sports fields, literally just streaming out. amazing. But the poor koalas are so slow they dont stand much of a chance. a million is probably a conservative estimate.

Karin said...

It just breaks my heart and also warms it - she took his hand. That just kills me. Oh my...........

kale for sale said...

Thank you for posting this. It's so sad but so beautiful at the same time. Our hearts truly are large.