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Sam (Koala)
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    ( -August 6, 2009)
    Born in Australia
    Found lost by firefighter David Tree in a bush after the February 2009 Victorian Bushfires (Black Saturday)
    Featured in a video of her drinking a bottle of water
    Died from Chlamydophila pecorum, a disease common in Koalas
    See also Lucky
    Her name is Sam, which is generally a boy’s name, unless of course it’s short for Samantha.
    She became an Internet celebrity (along with sneezing panda).
    It was speculated the video of her being given a drink occurred after the largest bush fire, but it actually occurred a week before it.
    The fire she was in was a controlled fire lit by the firefighters to clear the path for any bush fires in the near months.
    People have created myspace and facebook pages for her.
    She gained more attention than some of the other victims of the fires.
    There were calls for her to have a state funeral and have her stuffed.
    She survived Australia’s worst bush fires, which claimed 173 lives and countless wildlife.
    She received second-degree burns to her body.
    Her whole family was probably killed in the fire.
    A nearby firefighter near found her lost, disorientated and dehydrated.
    He fed her a bottle of water, and the footage was recorded on a fireman’s mobile(cell) phone.
    She went through 3 bottles of water.
    The video of her being giving a drink received worldwide attention.
    As she drank, the fireman held her paw.
    She became a symbol of hope to the victims and people of Victoria.
    The image was used on the cover of a benefit album for the victims.
    After her death, thousands of people, including Australia’s Prime-Minister Kevin Rudd, and celebrities sent tribute messages.
    She was put down five months after the fire due to an unrelated disease.

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