As Australia swelters in an extreme heatwave, a video of a woman in the state of Victoria pouring water into the mouth of a thirsty koala has melted hearts online. The vast continent has experienced intense heat over the past week, with the mercury up 16 degrees Celsius (60 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than usual for this time of year in southern Australia.
Numerous towns set new December records, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, while emergency services have been on high alert for bushfires. Local Chantelle Lowrie was at a camping ground near the Murray River in the southern state of Victoria on Friday when she saw the koala.
“It was 44 degrees Celsius -- very, very hot day,” Lowrie told AFP on Tuesday. “I stopped because he looked as though he could use a drink of water.” Lowrie posted on Facebook footage of herself giving water to the furry marsupial, who drank from the bottle before climbing back up the tree.