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Humans Help Out Thirsty Koala

Kerry Goldsworthy came home to find a thirsty koala in her front yard, so she gave it water by the pitcherful.
Posted at 1:30 PM, Jan 08, 2015

Sometimes even koalas can't stand the heat — like this little guy in Adelaide, Australia, who required help from some friendly humans to quench his thirst. 

Kerry Goldsworthy wrote on her Facebook page Jan. 1, "Came home to find a very hot and thirsty koala right in our front yard!"

So she did what any good person would do: She filled a large pitcher with water and helped the koala drink from it. 

"There you go, that's nice. You're looking lots better, yes, you are."

While a frigid cold front is currently sweeping across the U.S., it's summertime over in Australia. And it's hot, hot, hot. 

That day it was 44 degrees Celsius in Adelaide, which is the capital city of South Australia. That's about 111 degrees Fahrenheit.

Since then, the weather has cooled down a bit. Now it's more like 20 degrees Celsius in Adelaide, or 68 degrees Fahrenheit. 

But when that heat combined with high humidity, it's easy to see how that little koala got so parched. 

Especially since koalas are covered in thick fur. According to LiveScience, their fur is so coarse, it feels like wool. 

Goldsworthy said on Facebook the koala ended up scampering away after drinking for about 15 minutes. And now he knows where a new watering hole is, too: Goldsworthy's yard.

This video includes music from Pierlo / CC BY 3.0