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Incredibly cute thirsty koala video delights world

September 1, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Rapidly rising water is in the news in Houston, but rising water in Australia, and a video clip showing the way a koala dealt with it, has delighted and amused audiences around the world.

La Trobe University Bendigo student Kirra Coventry shot the clip, which has been featured on news sites worldwide ranging from the Guardian to the Washington Post.

Coventry filmed her team of outdoor and environmental education classmates helping a koala, stranded in a tree by rapidly rising water in the Murray River.

The students noticed the koala sitting in a tree on Ulupna Island, apparently trying to find dry land. They pushed an empty canoe out to the little animal, which gratefully climbed aboard the craft and took a seat.

Once the koala reached shore, it enjoyed a long drink.

The Guardian quoted associate lecturer Chris Townsend saying that koalas were relocated to river islands like Ulupna in the late 1980s, had bred well and were very particular about the trees they lived in.

This one thought it had found the perfect tree, until the floodwaters rose swiftly and it didn’t have time to get down.

You can watch it here on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kirra.coventry/videos/10155703323779468/

Or on the Guardian site: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/video/2017/aug/29/students-rescue-koala-stranded-by-rising-river-video

Written by Peter Needham

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