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Woman Risks Her Life To Save Badly Burned Koala From Wildfire

A koala was rescued from wildfires (Channel 9/AP/PA)

A woman in Australia walked into a wildfire to save Lewis, a badly burnt koala. Lewis was given water and wrapped in a blanket after being found on a road in the New South Wales state town of Wauchope.


Koala hero and rescuer Toni Doherty told Network Nine it was her “natural instinct" to rescue the koala from the fire.

She said she “immediately thought just get to him, put the fire out."

The 14-year-old animal was taken to the nearby Port Macquarie Koala Hospital for treatment for severe burns to his feet, chest and stomach.

People all over the world are showing their support for this woman.

Many are concerned for her wellbeing.

Others are worried about the situation.

It was truly a selfless act.

Even Smokey the bear gave her a shout out.

“She is an absolute legend for capturing this male koala who was so disorientated by the flames and unfortunately was burnt further as he headed back into active fire," the hospital commented on its Facebook page. “He has been treated and is now in the five-star accommodation at the Koala Hospital."

As wildfires in South Australia and New South Wales spread they have prompted fire officials to issue emergency warnings.

Stay safe out there!