Clearly in pain, the animal stopped when it saw him.
“He kept reaching for the bottle, almost like a baby.”
The marsupial is usually a rather grumpy creature with a loud growl and sharp claws. It rarely comes down from the trees and doesn’t like walking. Koalas normally drink little water, because they get almost all they need from leaves.
Coleen Wood of the Mountain Ash Wildlife Shelter said today that the koala had second- and third-degree burns but would fully recover.
“I’ve handled koalas before,” Tree said. “They’re not the friendliest things, but I wanted to help him.”