Curious koala sneaks into Australian home and climbs Christmas tree

Exposing the Big Game

By Jack Guy, CNN

https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/03/asia/koala-christmas-tree-australia-scli-intl/index.html

Updated 10:49 AM ET, Thu December 3, 2020An adorable festive koala broke into an unsuspecting couple's home and set up camp in their Christmas tree.An adorable festive koala broke into an unsuspecting couple’s home and set up camp in their Christmas tree.

(CNN)Picture a Christmas tree and you’ll probably think of baubles, tinsel and fairy lights, but oneAustralianwoman came home to find an unusual adornment:A koala.Surprised by the unusual visitor, Amanda McCormick, who lives in Coromandel Valley near Adelaide, southern Australia, called localkoala rescueorganization 1300Koalaz.”This evening our hotline operator took a call. At first she thought she was the victim of a prank call,” wrote the organization in a FacebookpostWednesday.”But no, a koala desperate to get in the Christmas spirit had wandered into Amanda McCormick’s house and decided it wanted to be the fairy on the Christmas tree.”

Koala populations are in decline due to increased human impacts on nature

Koala populations are in decline due to increased human impacts on natureDee Hearne-Hellon, 1300Koalaz…

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A Declining Population

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The annual spending bill is now before Congress, and millions of dollars for birds are at stake. We need to raise our voices and make sure that conservation programs get the funding they need.

The loss of bird populations in North America continues to be alarming. Habitat loss, collisions with glass, and climate change all pose serious threats to birds, and adequately-funded federal conservation programs are critically needed to address these issues.

The House has already approved another $15 million increase for birds, but these funds could easily be re-allocated if Congress doesn’t hear from us again.

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In addition to opposing harmful policy changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and other critical environmental laws, I ask that you please prioritize funding for the following areas critical to conserving America’s birds during the FY 2021 appropriations process:

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* Increase State and Tribal Wildlife Grants to $70 million.

* Increase funding for invasive species control by $10 million.

* Support endangered species recovery and Greater Sage-Grouse conservation by opposing the one-year ESA listing moratorium. The sage grouse rider erodes the ESA and undermines efforts to conserve the grouse and reverse severe population declines.

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