Thirsty koala approaches a cyclist and drinks water from her bottle as temperatures soar to nearly 40C

A dehydrated koala agonizing from the massive heatwave in Australia approached a cyclist to have a gulp from her water bottle.

The temperatures were nearing 40 C. Anna Heusler was cycling with some friends towards Adelaide on a hot Friday when they noticed the suffering marsupial in the middle of the road. The cyclists stopped to help the poor animal.

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My new best friend 🐨 coming for a ride on my bike this morning on another 40 degree Celsius day in Adelaide, South Australia 🇦🇺 where we are in the midst of a heatwave and the countryside is burning out of control with bushfires 🔥 for several days now. Devastating losses of homes and wildlife. Brave firefighters. 🙏 : : : #cyclingtips #cycling #roadcycling #roadbike #roadbikelife #lifeonabike #travelbybike #cyclingphotography #cycleshots #rideyourbike #instacycle #veloclub #cyclinglife #fromwhereride #switchbacks #roadslikethese #cyclingpassion #cyclingworld #whenindoubtpedalitout #womenonbikes #womenriders @cyclingtips @veloclub.cc @iamspecialized @iamspecialized_wmn @womenridebikes #rideadelaide #radelaide #adelaide #adelaidehills #southaustralia #koala #koalabear #koalabears #australia

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Ms. Heusler told 7News:

“I stopped on my bike and he walked right up to me, quite quickly for a koala, and as I was giving him a drink from all our water bottles, he actually climbed up onto my bike.
None of us have ever seen anything like it.

The woman shared touching pictures on her Instagram account, showing the struggling koala drinking from her water bottle.

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PHOTO OF THE DAY 😍😍😍 Australian Koala Bears 🐻 suffering severe thirst in a heatwave. This Koala walked right up to me as I was descending and climbed up onto my bike while I gave him water. BEST THING TO HAPPEN TO ME ON A RIDE EVER. : : : #cyclingtips #cycling #roadcycling #roadbike #roadbikelife #lifeonabike #travelbybike #cyclingphotography #cycleshots #rideyourbike #instacycle #veloclub #cyclinglife #fromwhereride #switchbacks #roadslikethese #cyclingpassion #cyclingworld #whenindoubtpedalitout #womenonbikes #womenriders @cyclingtips @veloclub.cc @iamspecialized @iamspecialized_wmn @womenridebikes #rideadelaide #radelaide #adelaide #adelaidehills #southaustralia #koala #koalabear #koalabears #australia

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Sadly, the merciless fires in the Adelaide Hills have burned over 25,000 hectares of land.

Now, the koalas in the area are scavenging for food and water.

The cyclist shared that the momentary interaction with the thirsty koala put a smile on her face. At the same time, it made her sad because of the devastating bushfires, and the unbearable high temperatures.

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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. What a truly wonderful experience. Check out my previous posts this morning for explanation. : : : #cyclingtips #cycling #roadcycling #roadbike #roadbikelife #lifeonabike #travelbybike #cyclingphotography #cycleshots #rideyourbike #instacycle #veloclub #cyclinglife #fromwhereride #switchbacks #roadslikethese #cyclingpassion #cyclingworld #whenindoubtpedalitout #womenonbikes #womenriders @cyclingtips @veloclub.cc @iamspecialized @iamspecialized_wmn @womenridebikes #rideadelaide #radelaide #adelaide #adelaidehills #southaustralia #koala #koalabear #koalabears #australia

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Last Friday, a statewide code was declared in South Australia to provide extra help for the homeless, as the temperatures are still rising. Human Services Minister Michelle Lensink said:

“Keeping vulnerable South Australians safe and well in the extreme heat forecast over the next few days is our priority.
During a code red, agencies across Adelaide will extend their daytime operating hours to ensure people sleeping rough are keeping cool and well-hydrated during the extreme heat.”

Jane Brister from Koala Rescue Adelaide is currently caring for 46 koalas that have had their homes destroyed according to Daily Mail. She shared with The Advertiser that the rescue center that the heatwave and the fires are the reason why they are caring for so many marsupials at once.

“A big problem we’re noticing now is koalas are coming in starving… there’s just no food. And part of the problem is there’s often at least four days until someone finds them.”

There is also a 27/7 service that provides help for sick or injured Koalas called Supporting 1300Koalaz.

This is Billy who came to us from #KentonValley when one of our rescuers, using the roads open to the public retrieved…

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They have also created a GoFundMe page where they raise money to help cover costs which will be incurred in the retrieval, treatment, short term and long term care of any of the injured koalas which come into their center.