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Ellenborough Lewis, the koala who shot to internet fame after being rescued last week from massive wildfires that engulfed the Australian state of New South Wales, has died.
Ellenborough Lewis Rescue
Lewis’s story went viral after the video showed motorist Toni Doherty running from his car to help the koala near Port Macquarie while the catastrophic fires that ravaged New South Wales burned around him. Doherty named the koala for one of his seven grandchildren. The couple met Thursday at the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, where Lewis was wrapped in blankets and connected to an oxygen mask. The fires have been particularly devastating for the Koala population in the region. It is feared that more than 350 of the marsupials have been killed by fires, according to animal experts. Experts fear that frequent devastating forest fires and deforestation may pose a danger to the Australian Koala population. Koalas are now considered endangered, according to the Red List of Endangered Species of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
Ellenborough Lewis Died
Port Macquarie Koala Hospital made the decision to sacrifice Lewis on Tuesday after inspecting his injuries. It was clear that the marsupial burns were not going to improve, the hospital said in a Facebook post. “(Our) number one goal is animal welfare, so that decision was made,” said the hospital. Lewis had already been receiving “substantial pain relief,” and the hospital warned on Saturday that he was considering putting him to sleep if it was determined that “his wounds and his pain are not treatable and tolerable.” It was estimated that Lewis was about 14 years old