30 Jan '15, 9am
Jeremy the koala recovers from #Australia bushfire injuries
SYDNEY (AFP) - Social media sensation Jeremy the koala, who was rescued by firefighters after his paws were badly burnt in a bushfire in Australia's south, has been released back into the wild, his carers said Friday. The three-year-old male was named after Country Fire Service volunteer Jeremy Sparrow, who was helping to battle a huge blaze in the Adelaide Hills in early January when he came across the injured marsupial. Jeremy was brought to a treatment centre, and an image showing the four damaged paws - which had second-degree burns - submerged in buckets to aid their recovery quickly went viral online. "It was fantastic, textbook. He responded well to treatment," Aaron Machado, the president of the Australian Marine Wildlife Research and Rescue Organisation which runs the clinic, told AFP.