Viral Koala rescued from fire euthanized

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Manila, Philippines — Australia’s viral koala Ellenbourgh Lewis has died, according to the hospital that cared for it, as they had to euthanize the koala after assessing the damage caused by the fire.

Netizens broke out on social media last night after it was reported that koala Ellenborough Lewis had passed away.

According to the Koala Hospital in Port Macquerie who cared for it, they had to euthanize the koala after assessing its burn, according to an ABS-CBN News report.

“Today we made the decision to put Ellenborough Lewis to sleep,” a spokesperson of the Koala Hospital said.

“Unfortunately, the koala would not have gotten better,” a staff hospital added as they explained that Lewis’ condition got worse.

Lewis gone viral after being bravely rescued by a woman, Toni Doherty, from a bushfire.

According to the Koala Conservation Australia group, it is estimated that hundreds of koalas living in the north coast town of Port Macquarie have been killed in bushfires.

“The Koala Hospital’s number one goal is animal welfare, so it was on those grounds that this decision was made,” the hospital said.

Netizens felt devastated to this news.

“Rest well Lewis no more pain … thank you to the courageous lady who saved him from the raging fire and the vet who took care of Lewis. God Bless! Rest in peace climb high Lewis.” (Cate Pallarco/IAMIGO/CNS)

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