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Our Apologies to Sam, Australia

2/11/2009 1:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

We officially apologize for poking fun at Sam, the koala rescued from the fires in the Australian wilderness. Sam was photographed drinking bottled water and we made a joke....and it was out of line.

Sam The Koala
Turns out lil' Sam suffered burned paws and was taken to the Mountain Ash Wildlife Shelter -- nothing funny about that. But since she's been at the shelter, Sam has drawn the attention of a male koala named Bob. The two are now said to be inseparable.

We made a joke about Sam drinking bottled water and then going to pilates and eating sushi. Bad joke, bad us.

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revel    

Good on you TMZ.

2081 days ago
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Donna    

Thanks for admitting when you're wrong TMZ - and good luck to Sam - hope he's better real soon! It's times like this when you can use a friend - so glad he's found a buddy.

2081 days ago
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Mia    

Thanks for the apology, we know you didn't mean harm.

2081 days ago
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Melissa    

Yeah, you guys suck! Sweet lil koala, thank goodness she's on the road to recovery and has acquired a new special friend! =) FEEL BETTER!!

2081 days ago
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Tara    

Wow it's no big deal

2081 days ago
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G    

aww poor baby! you guys really screwed up big time... you should donate your profits to help for Sam's treatment and for other wild animals lilke Sam!!!!
Sam is soo cute.. hope she recovers soon.

2081 days ago
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Lovie    

shame on you! :-) she's such a cutie isn't she?

2081 days ago
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HOLLYWOOD STANDARD    

Poor lil guy :(

I love animals thats why i dont eat meat. Its cool tmz at least you apologized. Now if we could just get rid of Fat boy perez hilton the world would be great..lol

2081 days ago
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Tony B    

♥ ♥ ♥ I'M REALLY IMPRESSED THAT YOU GUYS STEPPED UP TO THE PLATE AND APOLOGIZED FOR YOUR MISTAKE. it takes a big person to do that. ♥ ♥ ♥

2081 days ago
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G    

aww poor baby, TMZ should donate and help pay for her treatment and for other wild animals like Sam hurt by the fire.
Hope Sam recovers soon!!!

2081 days ago
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cat b    

Wow Thanks TMZ for showing you can say it was wrong!! and it was wrong you posting such insensitive remarks ....but it is human and admirable to admit you made a mistake. Over 200 have persihed in the land down under and who knows how much wildlife has perished. I know by living in florida how much destruction wildfires can cause not to mention I almost lost a house to a brushfire in Virginia. There is no humor to be found in a fire that destroys all life in its path. Thanks TMZ again for admitting you were wrong.

2081 days ago
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steve    

why was this joke so bad?

2081 days ago
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ut oh    

OMG!!!!! Harvey apologizes!!!!!!!! Its a bloody miracle

2081 days ago
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charlene    

Oh Harvey, You do have a heart ! I just knew you did. Thanks for admitting a mistake. I still love you and TMZ.

2081 days ago
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Kathy    

You will apologize for insulting an animal but you have no problem insulting humans. Interesting.

2081 days ago
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