Saturday, February 14, 2009

Bushfire Koala Sam finds love on Valentine's Day

Love at first sight ... Bob puts his paw around new friend and fellow fire survivor Sam as she recovers from her burns.

KOALA Sam - a global face of the Victorian bushfires - has found love, as claims the stricken animal was not in the bushfires were scotched.

She has fallen in love – with a koala called Bob who is another refugee of this week's bushfires.

The pair now share a cage and have a lot in common, both have survived terrifying bushfires and both have burnt and bandaged feet.

They regularly comfort each other with hugs, according to animal carer Colleen Wood said.

"They are very affectionate," Ms Wood said.

"Koalas don't always get on but these two definitely like each other a lot."

Sam's story has captured attention around the world and has provided a story of hope in a week of bad news and tragedy.

Ms Wood said the happy couple would continue to share a care as they continued their rehabilitation in coming months.

She said Bob was doing well now but it was touch-and-go when he first arrived.

"We thought he wasn't going to make it because he had pneumonia because he had severe smoke inhalation," she said.

While Sam and Bob are lucky Ms Wood many other animals have not fared so well.

"We have got animals coming in here with varying degrees of burns, smoke inhalation and other injuries," she said.

"They all require a lot of care and animal carers are working around the clock."

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Valentine's Day Recipes

Chocolate Strawberries

Ingredients (serves 8)

  • 150g milk chocolate
  • 150g dark chocolate
  • 150g white chocolate
  • 750g large strawberries, washed, dried


  1. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Break milk chocolate into even pieces. Place into a heat-proof bowl.
  2. One-third fill a saucepan with water. Bring to the boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low. Place chocolate bowl over saucepan (don't let bowl touch water). Stir with a metal spoon until smooth.
  3. Dip one-third of the strawberries into chocolate. Place onto tray. Repeat with dark and white chocolate. Refrigerate until set

    This and other great Valentine's Day recipes found at here

Happy Valentine's day