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Tiny Koala Becomes Unexpected Mate For Australian Water Tanker Driver Fighting Bush Fires

Impossible to pick the cutest picture of this tiny koala and his new truck driver friend

A tiny koala found just the mate he needed in water tanker driver Damian Campbell-davys.

Campbell-davys was working the Australian bush fire in the town of Nerriga when he saw the adorable fuzzball.

Damian Campbell-davys offers this tiny koala a drink of water.
Damian Campbell-davys offers this tiny koala a drink of water. Credit: Damian Campbell-davys Facebook
The tiny koala was so hot and thirsty he drank for over an hour.
The tiny koala was so hot and thirsty he drank for over an hour. Credit: Damian Campbell-davys Facebook

The little guy must’ve sized up Campbell-davys as a worthy mate, because he adopted him right away, climbing up into the cab of Campbell-davys’ truck.

The driver told the Sydney Morning Herald, “After the horrors of yesterday, it just made my day. A little ray of sunshine in this nightmare.”

While the fires raged outside, the tiny koala made himself at home in the cab of Campbell-davys' water tanker.
While the fires raged outside, the tiny koala made himself at home in the cab of Campbell-davys’ water tanker. Credit: Damian Campbell-davys Facebook

Campbell-davys and his workmates decided to give their new friend a rather cheeky name. They started calling him, “Tinny Arse,” while they waited for a wildlife rescuer to show up to transport the little guy.

Campbell-davys told the newspaper the name was after his lucky friend, Liz, who always wins at the races.

“This one was also a winner – fires were burning around him on both sides.”

Tinny Arse can't get enough after nearly succumbing the bush fires in NSW Australia.
Tinny Arse can’t get enough after nearly succumbing the bush fires in NSW Australia. Damian Campbell-davys Facebook
And finally, that feeling when you can exhale and sleep because you know you're safe.
And finally, that feeling when you can exhale and sleep because you know you’re safe. Damian Campbell-davys Facebook

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