Amidst the Australian bushfires – an image too sad to seem real: a firefigher and a koala, watching their forests burn next to a vineyard.
Apparently it is all too real. From a Guardian blog:
… the photo was taken at Lobethal on Friday while protecting homes. Two koalas wandered out of the bush seeking assistance.
“Up behind us there were a couple of houses under threat so we were working to protect them from ember attack and the firefront and they stepped out of the bush seeking help,” he said.
Adams said it was common for koalas to seek help from firefighters in these situations. The koalas were given water and moved to a safer location. Firefighters lost track of them and they were eventually forced to pull out of the property.