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Koala who became the symbol of devastating Australian bushfires has died after failing to recover from his horrific burns. The Koala, dubbed Lewis, was being given round-the-clock care at animal Hospital after being plucked from a tree in New South Wales. Marsupial was hand-fed leaves and had his wounds tended after the raging inferno destroyed his home. But sadly, the decision was made to euthanise him because his burns did not improve after a week. Lewis was rescued by local grandmother Toni Doherty, who used her shirt to wrap up Koala. He was seen bloody and squealing in pain as she doused him in water before taking him to Port Macquarie Koala Hospital. More than 1 000 Koalas are feared to have died in bushfires, meaning they are now functionally extinct. Lewis, 14, was one of the oldest Koalas rescued and was fed eucalyptus leaves by a dedicated carer. But he was so weak it would take hour to eat one leaf and a decision was made to put him down using lethal injection. Sue Ashton from Koala Hospital said Lewis had suffered burns on his hands, feet, under his arms, his nose and his private parts. She add: We knew when he came to hospital that his burns were extensive and right from the start We say his prognosis was guard. We do our very best for him, We give him a lot of love and attention, but unfortunately, it has become an animal welfare issue. We wouldnt keep him alive if his quality of life long-term wasnt going to be worth living. She add: It was more humane not to keep him alive. It was heartbreaking. Ms Doherty, who rescued Koala and named him Ellenborough Lewis after her grandchild, came in to say goodbye. Koala Hospital is currently caring for 33 marsupials rescued from bushfires, which have now been raging since early October. Six people have been kill, hundreds of homes destroyed and more than 3. 7 million acres have been destroy. Over 100 fires are still raging across the states of New South Wales and Queensland. Hospitals are likely to spend the next 6-9 months caring for animals before they are released back to exact habitat where they were find. They will not return until eucalyptus trees, their main source of food, have grown back. So far, around 80% of their habitat has been destroyed in blazes and campaigners have urged Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to take action. Port Macquarie Koala Hospital say they have been overwhelmed by kindness, good wishes and support from the Australian and international community for wildlife icon, Koala.
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