Day 47 – Koala love

Awwwww : )

 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.

Cuteness abounds!

 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.

We have eucalyptus trees in our area, I wish we had a koala or two as well : )

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.

Sam and Bob : )

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.

The greatness of a society and its moral progress can be judged by the way it treats its animals.
~Mahatma Gandhi.

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!!

2 comments to Day 47 – Koala love

  • Such a lovely table cloth. We don’t have any Koalas (unless they are hiding in the bush) near our place. We have visits from Cockatoos, Magpies, Kookaburras and Rainbow Lorrikeets and I think I have seen a Powerful Owl a couple of times and even Black Coctatoos once when there were bushfires in the Blue Mountains. Once I saw a Bandicoot in my courtyard. And I think they regularly browse for insects in my garden. They are really noisy – typical of most Australians too!

  • Angie

    the setting is so cute but what a sad story.

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