Koala drinks from water bottle

Dhaka, Tuesday   18 June 2019

Koala drinks from water bottle

 International Desk :: international-desk

 Published: 01:54 PM, 3 January 2019   Updated: 01:56 PM, 3 January 2019

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As Australia swelters in an extreme heat wave, a video of a woman in the state of Victoria pouring water into the mouth of a thirsty koala has melted hearts online.

The vast continent has experienced intense heat over the past week, with the mercury up 16 degrees Celsius (60 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than usual for this time of year in southern Australia.

Numerous towns set new December records, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, while emergency services have been on high alert for bush fires.

Local Chantelle Lowrie was at a camping ground near the Murray River in the southern state of Victoria on Friday when she saw the koala.

“It was 44 degrees Celsius — very, very hot day,” Lowrie told AFP on Tuesday.

“I stopped because he looked as though he could use a drink of water.”

Lowrie posted on Facebook footage of herself giving water to the furry marsupial, who drank from the bottle before climbing back up the tree.

The footage is reminiscent of another video of a koala, later nicknamed Sam, who drank from a bottle offered by a firefighter during deadly bush fires in Victoria in 2009.

High temperatures are not unusual in the Australian summer, with bush fires a common occurrence.

But climate change has pushed up land and sea temperatures, leading to more extremely hot days and severe fire seasons.