Once again, looking for vintage turquoise tablecloths on ebay, I found this gem. It was really too cute to pass up! It reminded me of the story of Sam the Koala rescued from the firetorn region of Mirboo (southeast of Melbourne), whose rescue was captured on a cell phone camera and became a youtube sensation.
Besides, Koalas and turquoise, you can’t go wrong. I piled on the April Cornell pillows…and then added some vintage yellow and turquoise Fiesta, an Italian pitcher and the green depression glasses and dessert dishes I found at Goodwill.
While researching out what happened to Sam after she was found, I discovered she was taken to the Southern Ash Wildlife Shelter in Rawson and had done well in the beginning. She became friends with Bob, another survivor, and they spent a lot of time hugging each other : ) He was her friend and protector.
Then she got sick, and while they were trying to help her, she left us.
“The 4-year-old koala had developed cysts associated with urogenital chlamydiosis, which affects up to 50 percent of Australia’s koala population.
During surgery, the disease was found to be so advanced that it was inoperable and Sam was put to sleep, said Peita Elkhorne, spokeswoman for the lawyers that represent the shelter where the koala had lived since the February fires.
“It was so severe that there was no possible way to be able to manage her pain,” Elkhorne said in a statement. “All of those who have been involved with Sam are devastated with this loss.”
Even Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd commented on the animal’s death, saying she had been a symbol of hope for Australia during the wildfires.”
Sam died two years ago today.
Treat each other well, give someone a hug in the name of Sam.
The Sunday Times in London wrote a lovely article/obit about her:
Tomorrow – Cheese, Gromit!
319 days to go!!