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04/30/2013 07:33 am ET | Updated May 02, 2013

Koala Photo Shows Forest Destroyed By Loggers, Animal's Heartbreak After Losing Home

This koala had the worst day ever.

The little guy wandered back to his home in New South Wales, Australia last week only to find it had been cut down and chipped by logging operations. A volunteer with WIRES, a rescue operation licensed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, said the koala had been sitting on top of the wood pile for over an hour looking confused, the Daily Telegraph reported.

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He was later taken to a local veterinarian and released near an established colony, but the heartbreaking photo shows some of the hardships faced by the animals over the past few years.

Severe habitat destruction and the spread of a deadly chlamydia outbreak have decimated populations and the Australian government declared the species threatened in some areas for the first time last year.

CORRECTION: A previous post misidentified the original media outlet that reported on the photo as the Courier Mail. It was reported by the Daily Telegraph and cross-posted to the Courier Mail.

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