Koala dies days after rescue from Australian wildfire caught on video, hospital says

In this Sept. 1, 2011, file photo, two koalas climb a tree at a zoo in Sydney, Australia.
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In this Sept. 1, 2011, file photo, two koalas climb a tree at a zoo in Sydney, Australia.

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Credit: AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File

A koala has died just days after his dramatic rescue from an Australian wildfire was caught on camera, a New South Wales animal hospital announced Tuesday.

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According to CNN, rescuers at Port Macquarie Koala Hospital euthanized the 14-year-old koala – known as Ellenborough Lewis, or Lewis for short – after veterinarians determined that his condition wasn't improving.

"We recently posted that 'burns (sic) injuries can get worse before they get better,'" the hospital wrote on its Facebook page. "In Ellenborough Lewis's case, the burns did get worse, and unfortunately would not have gotten better."

>> See the post here

Today we made the decision to put Ellenborough Lewis to sleep. We placed him under general anaesthesia this morning to...

Posted by Koala Hospital Port Macquarie on Monday, November 25, 2019

The sad update came one week after Toni Doherty saved the marsupial from a massive blaze near Long Flat, CNN reported. In a now-viral video shared by Nine News Australia, the woman whisks the koala away from the flames before pouring cool water on the injured animal.

By Tuesday, the clip, shared on Nine News' Facebook page, had been viewed more than 1.8 million times.

>> Watch the video here

Koala Rescue in the NSW Bushfires

Another day, another Koala rescue.

Posted by 9 News Sydney on Monday, November 18, 2019

In a Facebook post last week, the Koala Hospital hailed Doherty as a hero.

"She is an absolute legend for capturing this male koala who was so disorientated by the flames and unfortunately was burnt further as he headed back into the active fire," the post read.

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