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Sam the Black Saturday koala dies

August 06, 2009

Article from:  Australian Associated Press

SAM the koala, made famous by footage of her drinking from a firefighter's water bottle during Melbourne's summer bushfires, has died.

The four-year-old koala lost her life on Thursday after undergoing surgery to remove cysts associated with chlamydia, a disease which has ravaged Victoria's koala population.

Peita (Peita) Elkhorne, from TressCox (TressCox) Lawyers, which represents Sam and the Southern Ash Wildlife Shelter where she had recuperated, confirmed her death.

"It is a sad day,'' Ms Elkhorne said.


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