A desperate koala suffering through a heatwave in South Australia approached a group of cyclists to drink from a water bottle.
The koala was spotted in the middle of the road when it approached the cyclists, with the incredible moment was caught on camera.
It was 40C in Adelaide when the koala approached the cyclists and heatwave conditions are again developing over South Australia, peaking on Monday.
Country Fire Service crews will be placed strategically around the Adelaide Hills fire ground as weather conditions deteriorate over the next three days, with authorities warning that any outbreaks will be difficult to suppress.
The CFS is particularly concerned about weather forecasts for Monday when temperatures are likely to hit 40C in Adelaide, with strong winds, ahead of a cool change.
Devastating bushfires this season have resulted in the loss of at least 2000 koalas on the state’s north coast, a parliamentary inquiry heard earlier this month.
The animals died either in bushfires or from starvation and dehydration afterwards, North East Forest Alliance president and ecologist Dailan Pugh said.
The Total Environment Centre said the government’s policy is effectively toothless unless councils are made to urgently complete a koala management plan.
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