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R.I.P. Sam The Koala

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Back in February, we mentioned to you an article about Sam the koala who was badly injured and rescued during the Australian Victorian bushfires.

Sadly, our furry little friend has passed away, having suffered from "urogenital chlamydiosis - a serious disease which affects up to 50% of Australia's koala population."

Poor little gal.

She'll be missed!

[Image via AP Images.]

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97 comments to “R.I.P. Sam The Koala”

  1. 1

    Died of a yeast infection???… poor thing.

  2. 2


  3. 3

    NOOOON that's so sad :'(

  4. 4

    Poor little thing.

  5. 5

    RIP Sam, you beautiful little thing.

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  7. 7

    Poor Sammy. The footage of her with the firefighter was a lovely moment to come out of a terrible event.

  8. 8

    Poor baby. RIP

  9. 9

    it sounds like a koala STD.

  10. 10


  11. 11

    Oh, RIP Sam.

  12. 12

    poor little angel!

  13. 13

    RIP my furry little friend!!arghhh

  14. @v@ says – reply to this


    Awww. She at least got a lot of loving from a ton of kind people before saying goodbye.

  15. 15

    This is tragic I think Koalas have their own level of cuteness. She was a fighter god bless her poor thing hopefully she's relieved of her pain. Anyone who has had to endure of yeast infection knows they are extremely painful and irritating. :( kisses for Sam

  16. 16

    RIP same the koala

  17. 17

    =( She was so super adorable. It's sad that after being rescued from something so terrible she died so soon after from something else. RIP cutey.

  18. 18

    she had the clap. Pobrecita. Pandas have tough lives, they turn into drunks from the Eucalyptus, and then they get the clap. RIP Sam. I would have built a sprawling, Clamydia free sanctuary for you if I could.

  19. 19

    Urogenital chlamydiosis? That's chlamydia (not yeast, but bacterial)… 50% of the Australian koala population? DAMN.

  20. 20

    Re: Sensitivity – hey there :)

  21. 21

    poor baby:'( RIP SAM

  22. 22

    Re: Nips - n - Lips – Chlamydia isn't a yeast infection. And I'm sure that this is something entirely different than any human disease.

  23. 23

    What a shame. R.I.P. you cute lil thang.

  24. 24

    omg i love all animals that is so sad i

  25. 25

    awww so sad :( she was friggen adorable!

    rest in peace, sam!

  26. mgh says – reply to this


    much thanks to the people that took care of her!

  27. 27

    awww that so sad i love exotic animals

  28. 28

    awww noo that's too sad! rest in peace sam the koala

  29. 29

    fucking john hugges died and you are mourning a KOALA!?!?! FUCK YOU PEREZ!

  30. 30

    awww :(

  31. 31

    Awe! Shes was so cute! Well shes definitly going to koala heaven :'(

  32. 32

    What a slut

  33. Jai says – reply to this


    In all of the carnage and horror of the fires the beautiful story of this koala and the simple kindness of the firefighter lifted people's spirits and gave them something positive to think about. Sam's courage and determination to live were an inspiration.

  34. 34

    aww! such sad news :( shes so cute ! I love animals :) . R.I.P SAM (L)(L):(

  35. 35

    Aww…that's so heartbreaking!!! Rest in peace, sweetheart!!! xo

  36. 36

    Augh poor baby. My dog died of kidney failure a week ago and I feel very lost without him.

  37. 37

    RIP Sam… This is so sad :0( Poor thing!

  38. 38

    what a cutie:) That's a shame…

  39. 39

    Awwww. Adorable :(

  40. 40

    I hate this. Poor baby, but God bless the firefighter who helped her in the first place. RIP Sammy.

  41. 41

    Re: Nips - n - Lips – hey hot stuff!!

  42. bee85 says – reply to this


    SO SAD! i teared up at work this morning when i read this. the disease is caused by STRESS!!! poor little bear :(

  43. 43

    Oh NOOOOOOOO that is soooooo sad:(

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  45. Melme says – reply to this


    Aaaawww omg….the poor darling…. :(

  46. 46

    And this is one of the country's that Obama's healthcare is fashioned after? OMG!

  47. 47

    I hate that she passed away. But seriously I googled this term and wtf is it? nothing even comes up save articles about the koala. :( Beautiful creature. Seriously, are all these koala's givin each other the clap though? Can't australia do something about this epidemic either way?

  48. 48

    Don't even report on it accurately or anything. She died while they were operating on her trying to remove a cyst.

  49. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: Candace – Oh, I'm so sorry. : ( If you're feeling lost, a volunteer stint at the dog shelter or spca will really help. There are always dogs needing help.

  50. 50

    That is so sad! Rest in peace Sammy.

  51. 51

    aww poor baby… :(

  52. 52

    Aw, she looks so sad in that picture =[ poor baby.

  53. 53

    Made me cry like a…. human.

    R.I.P Sam, hope your in a better place.

  54. 54

    Guys, don't be so naive, it's not actually an STD. It's an infection, and sadly, many Koalas die from it.

    The movie of Sam and the Firefighter was amazing, she was a gorgeous little animal and she will be greatly missed.

    R.I.P Sam (L)

  55. 55

    Is that like a Koala STD?

  56. 56

    that sucks and it's very depressing… poor baby… :-(

  57. 57

    RIP Sam :(

  58. missB says – reply to this


    awwww. she is soooo cute i wanna eat her up!

  59. 59

    let me get this straight…. 50% of Koalas have chlamydia? slutty little beasts. but sad she died she's 100 kinds of cute

  60. 60

    i just saw these pictures on yahoo! again today and was wondering how she was doing :( guess i know now

  61. 61

    awww ): poor little Sam!

    R.I.P little guy [: MJ will take care of you!

  62. 62

    Australian rangers kill injured wildlife. It's gross how humans pick and choose which animals to save so as to create a nice story for the media.

  63. 63

    Re: monkeyman133 – Maybe you should try to spell his name right before you complain, you douche. RIP Little Koala.

  64. 64

    Re: rojocaliente – Apart from the great idea of the chlamydia-free sanctuary I sincerely hope that u get the difference between pandas and coalas…?

  65. 65

    OMG I cry……! My first and best teddy when I was little was a multi-coloured Koala called Doddle!!! Then some bastard kid called Gavin buried Doddle- never to be found again!

    I love Koalas soooo much!!!

    Sleep good Sam, you sexy little teddy monkey thing! I love love love you!

    Up to the stars you go little one…. Steve Irwin and MJ are waiting with cotton candy and eucalyptus wine! xxxxxxxx

  66. 66

    Re: Candace – Sorry for your loss…. You'll feel better soon xxxx

  67. 67

    R.I.P BABY :(

  68. 68


  69. 69

    miley cyrus squashed it with a sledgehammer cus she and her friends thought it was funny!! lol!!

  70. 70

    Re: Nips - n - Lips – really, circumcision would have saved her life?

  71. 71

    Sam was a male

  72. 72

    Poor baby, May he RIP!

  73. Lilev says – reply to this


    Thx Perez for ur commitment in animals cause!!

  74. 74

    so sad :(

  75. 75

    If this disease can be brought on by stress then it sounds entirely possible that her injuries may have exacerbated the condition, thus leading to her demise. Poor little soul. Your personalized spot is waiting in Koala Heaven, Sweetie. RIP.

  76. Aenji says – reply to this


    oooh poor baby :( RIP SAM!

  77. 77

    AWWWW, RIP sweetie! poor cutie!

  78. 78

    AWw :( poos bubba

  79. 79

    im sory sam

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  81. 81

    awe :/ poor gurl

  82. nezer says – reply to this


    ??? Mario you and/or your staff made fun of the first picture (fireman giving her water after the fire). I would guess that while you "party" in Japan the staff is still trying to make up for that BIG mistake….

  83. 83

    new non-profit organization to supply koala rubbers? 50%!! that's crazy- and i thought us humans were skanky..

  84. 84

    god I cant believe some of the negativity this place brings…..it was a FVCKING animal that lost it's life. You sperm donors that spread hate need CraigsList!

  85. 85

    aww, RIP cutie

  86. 86

    oh my god thats soooo sad… yesterday i saw a picture in an old newspaper of Sam the Koala on my office desk (that i kept since a long time)…than I said okay even if hes soooo adorable I can put this picture in the garbage… and he died the same day… I feelllll so bad.

  87. 87

    sad!!! :(

  88. 88

    thats sooooooooooooooooo sad :(

  89. 89

    poor little buggar :'(

  90. 90

    Did you know that Koala Bears sleep 20 hours a day? They are really tired because they have a very slow metabolism and their body has to conserve energy to digest the high fiber content of Eucalyptus leaves they eat. They also have an extra organ to help digest fiber too.

  91. 91

    R.I.P Sam. If anyone knew koalas they'd know that they're all riddled with chlamydia so while it's sad it is not surprising that Sam was put down for this infection. I live in Sydney Australia and Sam was a shining light of hope for all of us helpless Ozzies who had no choice but to sit back and watch the horrors of Black Saturday unfold. Sam was beamed into our homes and our hearts and made us feel just that small bit better through all the wreakage and the knowledge that these poor people were burned to death in their homes.
    Thanks Sam, for being a real Ozzie Icon.

  92. 92

    Re: LisaL79 – She didn't die during the op. She made it through but then they put her down because there would have been no possible way of managing her pain.

  93. 93

    she DIDN'T die of the actual infection. she died whilst having surgery to try and remove a cyst. her condition worsened during the op. so she was put to sleep.
    but since becoming known she has helped to raise thousands of dollars for the volunteer shelter of where she was staying. so she left a great legacy for all the other animals there that needed help too.

  94. 94

    Re: lauracathy
    they don't choose who they save and just let others die.
    all rangers do their best to help as many animals as they can.
    but there is no point wasting valuable time and resources on trying to save an animal that has less a chance of survival than another.
    its the same in a frigging hospital you dumb bitch if there is no way to save someone they move on and try and help the ones that can make it.
    ALSO there are more sick animals than people to help them. that is life, get used to it. and don't post such prudish idiotic comments on things u obviously know nothing about.

  95. 95

    Those fires were horrific. Huge human and animal losses.

  96. 96

    How sad. She's a cutie.

  97. pj88 says – reply to this


    Koala's can get "the clap"…??? Wow.. how sad.