The iconic koala, that most plush-like of animals, is in trouble, according to Australian officials. In the states of Queensland, New South Wales, and the Australian Capital Territory (which is self-contained, much like Washington, D.C.), the koala has been reclassified as "vulnerable."
A decade ago, the bells of doom started to sound for carefree, swinging koalas. A new, HIV-like retrovirus had begun to attack the koala population, decimating its ranks and threatening extinction.
Now, the Australian researchers have launched an effort to stop the spread of the virus before it's too late.