Australia: Thirsty koala stops cyclist to drink water amid heatwave


"Naturally, we stopped because we were going to help relocate him off the road".

On December 27, a group of women, including Anna Heusler from South Australia, were heading from the hills toward Adelaide.

The thirsty koala bear climbed up on the cycle to drink water from the cyclist water bottle.

"There were about a dozen cyclists around me watching this (all men) and several commented that it was genuinely the best thing they've witnessed", she wrote while sharing the clip of the thirsty koala drinking from the water bottle. On Friday, one desperate marsupial stopped a cyclist to ask for some water.

'None of us have ever seen something prefer it'.

The fire danger rating was severe in Adelaide, while the rest of the state was mostly between high and very high.

Mild Temps for December Continue. Rain later Sunday
Rain increased in aerial coverage across central in and in intensity Saturday night in to Sunday morning . While this will be more rainfall, I wouldn't be surprised if a few snowflakes mixed in Sunday evening.

"Keeping vulnerable South Australians safe and well in the extreme heat forecast over the next few days is our priority", Australia's Human Services Minister Michelle Lensink said in a statement.

"It's not going to be that unsafe, but it really ramps up at the end of heatwave on Monday".

The bushfires have engulfed over 1000 homes and around 25,000 hectares of land in South Australia. Officials fear that 30% of one koala colony on the country's northeast coast, or between 4,500 and 8,400, have been lost in the recent fires.

Total Environment Centre director Jeff Angel warned that the survival of koalas was at emergency level with the losses from the bushfires, loss of habitat and the burning forests.

Dailan Pugh, the President of the North East Forest Alliance and Ecologist, said, Koalas died in bush fries or from starvation and dehydration caused by extreme heat.

"If the NSW government is serious about koala conservation, it should make the development of koala plans of management compulsory for all identified regions and ensure all councils have the resources they need to implement them", council campaigner Shirley Hall said.