Cyclist waters a thirsty koala

It’s Friday afternoon, and here’s your start-of-the-weekend animal. All I know is what YouTube says (below) and that the guy is a mensch:

It’s stinking hot in Australia right now. So much so that koalas [Phascolarctos cinereus] are drinking water, which is something they don’t ordinarily do. Cyclist Matt Sully was riding around the Adelaide Hills last Thursday when he came across a thirsty little guy who was looking for a drink.


  1. Posted January 26, 2018 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    That is so STINKIN’ cute! I heard that Koalas are actually mean, but this little fella sure seems sweet. Also pretty tame.

  2. Posted January 26, 2018 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Koalas can be unpleasant but in our heat they are desperate to survive. This isn’t uncommon currently

  3. Dave
    Posted January 26, 2018 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been reading accounts of the recent extreme weather in Australia, and the high temperatures sound terrifying. I live in a part of the UK where anything above 20 degrees C counts as a heatwave, and where the ground is usually so saturated with water that you couldn’t start a bushfire even with the aid of a flamethrower. I can barely imagine temperatures in the high 40s C. I guess Australian fauna and flora are adapted to cope with these conditions, but I still salute this guy for sharing his water with a thirsty koala.

  4. rickflick
    Posted January 26, 2018 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    A moment of kindness keeps me optimistic about human nature. At least some of it.

  5. Carl S
    Posted January 26, 2018 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    I seem to read about this every (Oz) summer.

    • Diane G.
      Posted January 27, 2018 at 12:43 am | Permalink

      Interesting! Koalas are not just too adorable for words, they actually know how to exploit that fact. 😀

  6. ploubere
    Posted January 26, 2018 at 11:17 pm | Permalink


  7. Diane G.
    Posted January 27, 2018 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    So adorable and spirit-buoying. 🙂

    Hate to think of all the animals in extremis, though.

  8. Posted January 27, 2018 at 1:32 am | Permalink

    Reblogged this on The Logical Place.

  9. Conelrad
    Posted January 27, 2018 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    Kind of looks like Yoda.

  10. Mike
    Posted January 27, 2018 at 7:16 am | Permalink

    Good man.

  11. Andrea Kenner
    Posted January 28, 2018 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    I’m so glad that guy came along when he did!

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