As someone who emailed Tim Blair suggests below, we seem to have become mawkish sentiment addicts of late. First Princess Diana, now a koala!
THE PEOPLE’S KOALA
Saturday, August 08, 2009 at 07:17pm
An unexpected end for a Victorian marsupial:
Australia’s most loved koala will be stuffed and displayed in the Melbourne Museum following her death during surgery.The image of Sam the koala holding hands with Country Fire Authority (CFA) firefighter David Tree and sipping from his water bottle in the aftermath of the Black Saturday bushfires was beamed around the world as a symbol of hope in the days following the disaster.
Via KP, who emails: “I know it was a cute moment in the midst of tragedy, but seriously ...”