LANGWARRIN FIRE BRIGADE RECEIVES PETA AWARD FOR HEROIC KOALA RESCUE

Marsupial Revived After Being Hit by Car and Falling From Tree

For Immediate Release:
26 August 2014

Melbourne – For rescuing a koala who was hit by a car, the crew of the Langwarrin Fire Brigadewill receive a Hero to Animals Award from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia.

The koala was injured on Cranbourne-Frankston Road in Langwarrin in southeast Melbourne. When rescuers attempted to retrieve him from a tree, he plummeted several metres into their waiting blankets. Firefighters and a wildlife rescuer gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and heart massage as well as oxygen therapy. The koala, now called Sean, is recovering in an animal hospital. For their efforts, the crew of the Langwarrin Fire Brigade will receive a framed certificate and a letter of appreciation from PETA.

“The compassion and heroism shown by these firefighters of the Country Fire Authority are truly an inspiration”, says PETA Australia Director of Campaigns Jason Baker. “Victorians are very fortunate to have emergency personnel who are ready to protect and serve both residents and the local wildlife.”

For more information about helping animals, visit PETA.org.au.

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