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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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jaye    

Why is that a bad joke. It's not like the animal was dead and you made fun of it. You have said worse things about human beings and not apologized for it.

1987 days ago
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Lillianne    

Yes, please stick to trashing and humiliating humans only.

1987 days ago
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fletcherlove    

Thank you TMZ, it took you a little too long in my opinion, but at least you finally owned up.

1987 days ago
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carlasita    

Good job apologizing!! Class act

1987 days ago
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uncle    

I don't think your insincere apology means squat. Don't apologize to a koala, she doesn't care. apologize to the 1000s of people that have lost their homes and families. I don't think you get how disgusting it is that you have trivialized such a horrific experience. An apology means nothing without action. You could at least remove the original article dumbasses, and maybe not such a good idea to repeat the joke in the apology. And it wouldn't kill you to donate to, or set up a relief fund. Its time TMZ did some good to balance out their largely unnecessary existence.

1987 days ago
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Dan    

What is the real issue here it's about Sam yes, TMZ screwed up yesterday and today they apologized. That is not what it's about it is about Sam a injured animal that was rescued and now we should all put some money where our mouths are and donate. TMZ should be the one to get this started if not then the AP.

1987 days ago
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Ash    

FInally you can agree that your writers arent really funny.

1987 days ago
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Cinnahster    

Yes, it was in extremely poor taste, and I was saddened that the TMZ staff would have such a cold heart towards innocent victims like the Koala. Your apology is appreciated, but in all honesty, it's only there because you knew PETA would have filled your offices with flour if you hadn't.

1987 days ago
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amanda    

I am very happy that you came forward and said Sorry. If you could only imagaine the pain all these animals are in...it is endless for some of them. Thank you

1987 days ago
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germanophile    

as of yesterday morning (feb 11 oz time) it was reported that around a million native animals have been lost. It's amazing that the koala wasn't scared of the firefighter and koalas usually don't drink water on their own, since they rely on eucalyptus leaves for all nutrition, which is one of the reasons they sleep pretty much the entire day. So it's really extraordinary that some koalas have been seeking out man-made buildings (there were two seeking solace under people's verandas' - see the koala in tub pictures) and have been allowing people to help them out. Also we haven't had this much loss of human life due to a bushfire since i think the 40s.

1987 days ago
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lawoman    

If TMZ is really sorry, tell Harvey to make a NICE donation to the shelter for Sam's treatment & that of others injured in the fires there!! That will prove that TMX is sincere.

1987 days ago
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poppy    

ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL! MANY TIMES, ANIMALS ARE MORE HUMAN THAN PEOPLE.

1987 days ago
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ohboywow    

So you will apologize for making fun of an animal but not a human?

That makes sense.

1987 days ago
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Nikki    

Thanks for writing that TMZ. Says much about you and i have more respect for you.

1987 days ago
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Dan    

That's what I am talking about we can make a difference in by just getting TMZ to start a donation. If TMZ starts just maybe a Star or two might join in.

1987 days ago
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