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Australian PM's tribute to koala


A koala named Sam, which became a celebrity in Australia after being rescued from bush fires earlier this year, has died during surgery.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said the koala had become a symbol of hope during the fires.

"It's tragic that Sam the koala is no longer with us," he added.


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