Lewis, a badly burned koala that was rescued by a heroic woman during a NSW bushfire, has been put to sleep after his burns worsened overnight.
The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital confirmed the news in a Facebook post, writing: “Today we made the decision to put Ellenborough Lewis to sleep.
“We placed him under general anaesthesia this morning to assess his burns injuries and change the bandages. We recently posted that ‘burns injuries can get worse before they get better’.
“In Ellenborough Lewis’s case, the burns did get worse, and unfortunately would not have gotten better.
“The Koala Hospital’s number one goal is animal welfare, so it was on those grounds that this decision was made. We thank you for your ongoing support.”
Lewis received worldwide attention after a brave woman, Toni Doherty was filmed rushing into burning bushland in Port Macquarie to rescue the koala, estimated to be 14 years old.
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