As Melissa from Shakesville would say.
The juvenile in Adelaide was obviously desperate in the heatwave and acting in a very unusual fashion to walk to a group of humans and make it obvious to them that it was thirsty [link]. Many of you on facebook etc may already have seen another juvenile in Adelaide enjoying a bath in a tub of water [link] after its mother abandoned it during the heatwave.
The adult koala in the Victorian fire zone is probably in shock, if not from actual burns then just from being in such a hostile environment and becoming dehydrated. I’m sure it’s in the hands of the wildlife rescue people now, and they will release it to the wild once it’s recovered and the fires are over.
If you’re near the bushfire zone looking for something to do to help and you’ve already donated what you can to the Red Cross and the CFA, your local wildlife rescue service could probably do with a hand – ring them and ask them if they need some eucalyptus leaves from your garden trees, or some help filling water containers in the shelters, or just a cash donation.