Woman Saved Burned And Screaming Koala Using Only Shirt Off Her Back

At least 577 homes have been destroyed and six people have died in the wildfires that have swept across Australia since October.

Sadly, people and homes aren’t the only things that have perished in the flames; hundreds of koalas, which are listed as a “vulnerable species,” have also died.

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But one koala is a survivor of the fires, thanks to Toni Doherty, who spotted the injured koala as she was driving by the area on fire in Port Macquarie, New South Wales.

Without hesitation, Doherty jumped out of her car and bravely ran toward the flames. She took her own shirt off and scooped the koala up in it as she dashed away from the bushfire.

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Before she scooped him up, the koala was climbing up a tree that was on fire and surely would have burned to death.

He cried out loud as Doherty washed him with water and gave him some to drink before rushing him to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.

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The koala, who Doherty named Lewis, has serious burns on his body but is doing okay. Lizzie Pearl, of 9 News Sydney, posted an update in a tweet saying that Lewis, who is around 14 years old, was well enough to munch on some eucalyptus leaves.

Lewis is currently staying at a volunteer carer’s home while he continues to recover.

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Watch his rescue and an update on him in the video below.

Warning: some may find the rescue scene in the video distressing, viewer discretion advised.

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Lucky Elderly Man Is Greeted Every Day By A “Friend” Who Crawls Out Of The Ice:

We’ve all seen some unique and unlikely friendships over the years, but this one here may take the cake!

One day, a starving otter appeared at an elderly man’s door wanting some food. Ever since, Seppo Laamanen, 65, and Iivari the otter have been inseparable best friends.

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It all started when Seppo fed worms and fish to the small and malnourished otter who was clearly looking for food.

After that, the friendly animal repaid the kindness by visiting the man at his home in Punkaharju in easter Finland. This was the start of something special.

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There’s no way Seppo could’ve ever imagined it’d all lead to this. This adorably unique friendship is one for the ages, and it’s something you have to see to believe.

There’s nothing like the bond between two friends regardless of the species! 🙂

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10 Of The “Most Loyal” Dog Breeds On The Planet

Giving love and support to humans is something that some dogs do better than others.

While many dogs love everyone they meet and are willing to take treats or belly rubs from anyone, the pups we found are just the opposite.

These 10 dogs are some of the most loyal breeds on the planet. They are rock steady in their loyalty to their owner no matter what.

1) Akita

When the American Kennel Club (AKC) lists loyalty to describe the temperament of the Akita, you know they mean business. The beautiful double-coated working dog of Japanese ancestry is considered hardwired in protecting those she loves. They should be socialized with other dogs and people from the time they are puppies. Their silly, fun, but dignified personalities round out the loyal Akita.

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2) Boxer

This working dog is smart, full of energy, and oh so loyal to their family. They get along great with kids and have an innate instinct to protect their pack. He’s a watchdog with a heart of gold who oozes dedication to his owner.

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3) Skye Terrier

Known as the “small dog with the big ears,” this adorable breed hails from the Scottish Isle of Skye, hence the name. Whether you live in the city or the country, this small dog with a big personality is steadfast in snuggling, playtime, and remaining loyal to his owners.

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4) Beagle

This merry hound is friendly, curious and incredibly loyal. While he doesn’t mind the occasional couch potato time, this spunky pooch is energetic and merry. A fun fact about this hound: the breed standard is for 13 inches and under and another in the 13-15 inch category. No matter how you size him, these adorable dogs just want to cling to you.

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5) Shar-Pei

This wrinkly non-sporting breed is standoffish to strangers but very loyal to his owner. His ancient Chinese roots are part of the charm of the Shar-Pei. Regal, strong, and smart, if you want a BFF for life, this loose-skinned pooch may be the right choice for you.

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