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11 February 2009 @ 11:58 pm
Koalas! No, seriously, koalas ...  
The problem with talking about disasters is that it's bloody miserable after the initial shock wears off. So, for a brief moment of cheer, it's time for some koala stories.

This is Sam, she was found by some CFA volunteers who spotted her walking about on burned paws, crying for water. Koalas are normally little bastards who will happily piss all over you and can do you a damage with those claws. Sam sat docile and plaintively as she drank three bottles.

You can see the video of Sam and her rescuer here.

The lovelyblindmouse  has a great series of koala links and photos in her post here. The one in the basin may be the most adorable thing ever. They were already suffering before the the fires swept through, eleven years of drought and months of the hottest weather on record have left them all in a bad way.

There's a somewhat twattish koala-centric entry from an English vet here in the Telegraph. But the links are great. To be fair to him, he was writing last week, but surely he could have looked at the weather reports and noticed the multiple days of over-40 conditions. When even your gum trees have dried out, you know things are very wrong. And surely the question should not be 'is it ethical to water koalas?', but 'is it  ethical to not beat Big Oil Lobbyists with Sticks?'

The brilliantmeredyth_13  has a list of wildlife charities here if you'd like to throw a few dollars at some foul-tempered but very cute marsupials. She also has links up for equine rescue groups in that post and in her more recent ones.

If you're cashless like half of the post-GFC world, drop by and visitjamie2109 , who has been down working with fire victims. Just tell her you love her, because she's a wonder. She even took time to find some positive stories in her post here.

Thank you so very very much to everyone who has slipped cash to the Red Cross. Many small amounts are coming together to really help victims. As things stand there are over 1000 homes lost, more than 7000 people homeless. Thanks too for all those sending messages of support, the Victorians are hearing them.

And in case you were still tossing up on donating to the Australian Red Cross, the gorgeous aoifene  is donating some of her wonderful handmade jewellery to those who give to them or other registered charities. Read about it here. Love you, dear!

women's lasers: titanic - big asssarcasticpixie on February 11th, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
Duckling, do you know of an easy and efficient way for us Americans to donate online? I tried the AuRC, but everything is in AUD and I got confused. I want all of my donation to go to help, not to credit card exchange-rate fees....
maya231maya231 on February 11th, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
It's very easy to donate via the Red Cross website. Whatever amount you donate in AUD will show up on your credit card as about 2/3 that amount in USD, I believe.
drgaellon on February 12th, 2009 02:10 pm (UTC)
http://www.xe.com will give you the current conversion.
maggie: FF - Smilie Jewelmarguerite_26 on February 11th, 2009 02:06 pm (UTC)

femmequiotic is offering 7 fics for 50AUD here:

And I'm offering one to the highest bidder here:

I hope it gets people donating! I need an I♥Aussies icon. ;)
Catscatsintheattic on February 11th, 2009 02:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing all these links!

maya231maya231 on February 11th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you! My flist is covering this event so much better than the international news media.
tnumfivetnumfive on February 11th, 2009 09:17 pm (UTC)
*comes to prove obvious American-ness*

I never realized that koalas were nothing but sweet tempered little darlings. Damn Noozles lying to me throughout childhood!

My bank account is suffering horribly after I went on a crazy spending spree, paying for such frivolous things food and shelter, but maybe I will find a few pennies in some dark corner of my bank account to send.
Meredythmeredyth_13 on February 11th, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
Hey sweets, lovely post. That koala pic and the animal stories just break my heart - even the 'good' ones.

Was that a typo? I thought we had lost about 750 homes, but you're generally better informed than I am.

I talked to my coordinator late last night and we're making some inroads in getting bases established out there for handling all the equine issues. Back to it ...

*hugs and love*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on February 11th, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
Quite right about the typo, over 1000. Too tired for brain workings ...

I am a little in love with the CFA bloke who rescued Sam, especially after watching the video. Lot in love with you ...
Anna Fugazzi: Feed me soupannafugazzi on February 11th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting all of this. Do you mind if I link to this post?

Koalas are normally little bastards who will happily piss all over you and can do you a damage with those claws.
Angst Queen: heart cloudaoifene on February 12th, 2009 02:32 am (UTC)
*loves you right back* Thanks for linking my post, hon! The more people that know the better! And it's only the second day but I've already raised $200 worth of donations made to AUssie RC. Isn't fandom fabulous?

drgaellon on February 12th, 2009 02:11 pm (UTC)
I just donated AUD40 (just over US$25; I'm going to give the earrings to my sister).