Friday, February 13, 2009

Sam the Koala

In the past I've always made fun of my Mama and Brad's fascination with the idiot box. I must admit, however, that one news items made my eyes and mind glued to the tube too yesterday. It was the vision of Sam the koala being saved by the nice firemen while they were busy saving humans and properties in Victoria. Poor Sam was badly injured and burnt, his paw pads were blackened by the hot grounds it had to travel on while its fur was singed.
Poor poor's really sad knowing that many animals are either injured or dead because of bushfires in Victoria (or anywhere in the world). The well-dressed lady newscaster said there could be millions of dead wildlife out there, still unaccounted for. I'm really really praying for the well being for all those animals out there. I'm sure there were cute felines like me who's lost their homes or even their lives. Special prayers for them too...

Statistics from Victoria:
Fatalities: 181 dead (as of Thursday, Feb 12) including 5 children
Properties destroyed: 1,831 homes, more than 1,000,000 hectares of land
Homeless people: 7,000 registered so far, could be higher
Hospitalised: 22 with serious burns, 10 in critical conditions
Still causing concern: 31 active fires across Victoria – could take weeks to contain
Five fires at Beechworth, Churchill, Murrindindi, the Kinglake complex and Bunyip – causing most
Areas hit: Beechworth, Flowerdale, Kinglake, Kinglake West, LaTrove Valley (Callignee, Callignee South, Hazelwood,
Jeeralang), Marysville, Narbethong, St Andrews, Yackandandah
From history books: 1939 Black Friday: 71 dead
1983 Ash Wednesday: 75 dead, including 47 in Victoria.

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