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Lucky koala Sir Chompsalot gets kiss of life

A female koala rides on her mother’s back in St Aignan, France on July 19.

Photo: AFP

A lucky koala was recovering on Friday last week after being caught by firefighters when it fell unconscious from a tree before being given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

Emergency crews were called to the Melbourne suburb of Langwarrin on Thursday last week after reports that an injured animal was lying on the road after being hit by a car.

When officials arrived, they found the furry native marsupial had climbed a tree for shelter and firefighters were brought in to bring it down.

“We believed it had died in the tree, just when we were trying to rescue it,” Langwarrin Country Fire Authority’s Sean Curtin said. “Then it fell out of the tree and the members caught it in a blanket.”

A wildlife officer on the scene then performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, while another rescuer pumped its chest to revive its heart. “We put it on O2 oxygen therapy to assist in getting some oxygen into the blood flow of the koala,” Curtin added.

The koala — nicknamed Sir Chompsalot by the firefighters — was taken to the Animalia Wildlife Shelter where he was “well and eating” on Friday last week.

Wildlife Victoria said it received more than 50,000 emergency calls over the past year involving native animals, with 1,600 concerning koalas. The most common reason was car accidents, followed by dog attacks.






接著現場一名野生動物保護官員對牠進行口對口人工呼吸急救,另一名救援人員則壓按牠的胸部,以恢復其心跳。「我們為牠戴上氧氣治療裝置,好讓一些氧氣進入無尾熊的血流內 ,」柯廷說。





1. unconscious adj.

失去意識的 (shi1 qu4 yi4 shi4 de5)

例: He was unconscious for several hours after the accident.


2. resuscitation n.

復活;復甦 (fu4 huo2; fu4 su1)

例: It is useful to learn Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).


3. concerning prep.

關於 (guan1 yu2)

例: He wrote to me concerning a business arrangement.


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