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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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Congrats for doing the right thing TMZ. I love you guys. And you definately did the right thing in apologizing!! Way to go. I will continue to watch and read!! YEAH!!!

2051 days ago


And where is the appologies for the articles dogging the animals that are even worse off? You know, like that amy winehouse, tom cruise, that really stupid asian thing, ummm, oh yeah, gummi bear...You know..Those type of animals...?

2051 days ago


TMZ. im happy to know you said sorry for such a lame post you guys posted yesterday. Im really glad sam is doing well. and a high five to the fire fighter who gave her water. im sure she really needed it

2051 days ago


aww poor sam!! thanks tmz for the apology.

2051 days ago


well at least you apologized, i read it yersterday how you made fun of him (her now that she's been identified) and was wondering why in the world youd make fun of a wild koala bear who was in obvious distress.

2051 days ago


It was blatantly insensitive from the beginning. I can't believe TMZ even published it. Do you have idiots writing for the site?

2051 days ago


Thank you for apologizing!!! Kudos to you guys!

2051 days ago


whoa you made fun of a burned marsupial after an estimated million of his friends died?
/hits you
eh... at least he's got his mug on tmz.

2051 days ago


This was a GREAT MOVE by you TMZ! This apology was the right thing to do. She is soooo cute!! I hope Sam and her new boyfriend will live happily -ever -after.

2051 days ago


you guys have turned media/journalism into a joke. maybe you wouldn't have to apologize for anything if you would just shut your mouth in the first place.

2051 days ago


Even if the koala was not hurt, don't you think being in that fire would have been terrible? Good for the fireman for wanting to help it out. TMZ has good fotos but your comments really are stupid!! GROW UP!

2051 days ago


At least when you know you have made an error in judgement, you have the Balls to admit it. I also think about A_ROD, that took a lot of courage to come forward and admit he made an error in judgement. Thank GOD there are some people out there,that can come forward and admit Fault. Nobody is immune to making mistakes.Good going you guys.

2051 days ago


Maybe you can show the same respect to some of the Hollywood types you follow around like vultures.

2051 days ago


Thank you for appologizing TMZ. It's nice to see something good come out of such an awful event.

2051 days ago


What a way to step up. Good job, TMZ. Now how about making a donation of some kind to help out victims of the fires, human or animal?

2051 days ago
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