Sam the koala, who became an international icon of hope after the Aussie bush fires, has gone off to the great big eucalyptus forest in the sky. I know, it's okay to loudly wail in your cubicle. Everyone will just think you're having another "life realization" while dealing with your hangover. Let it out. Let it out.
Sam died during surgery. Doctors were trying to remove cysts caused by chlamydia. Apparently, chlamydia affects nearly 50% of the koala population. WAIT. Was Parasite Hilton in Australia recently? Close your borders to all Hiltons, Australia. Think of the koalas. :(
During the aftermath of the bush fires, Sam was found badly burned and suffering from a bad case of the thirsties. A fireman offered her a drink from a bottle of water and that beautiful moment was captured by a camera. It made its way around the internets and made all of us with dead hearts feel emotion again. Sam taught us how to feel things again!
Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd mourned Sam today and said, "The symbol of hope for so many people around the world was the great picture of that wonderful koala being fed water by one of our firefighters. I think that gave the people of the world a great sense of hope that this country, Australia, could come through those fires, as we have. Sam the Koala was part of the symbolism of that, and it's tragic that Sam the koala is no longer with us."