30/04/2013 11:18 BST | Updated 30/06/2013 06:12 BST

Lonely Koala Sadly Surveys His Former Home After Australian Forest Is Felled (PICTURE)

If this picture doesn't get your bottom lip quivvering, you're made of sterner stuff than us.

It shows a confused koala atop a pile of woodchips, sadly surveying the remains of his home.

The picture was captured by a volunteer with WIRES, a rescue operation licensed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

The lonely koala surveys his former home

The scene occurred after forestry workers felled trees in NSW's Vittoria State Forest.

According to the WIRES website: "He was reported by a concerned man working at the site as he was sitting out in broad daylight on top of a woodchip pile with trucks and machinery working close by."

WIRES general manager Leanne Taylor told the Courier Mail: "It is common for koalas to roam back to their home range afterwards and become confused to find nothing there."

In April 2012 the Australian government declared the koala's official status as "vulnerable".

The Australian Koala Foundation reports the animals are in serious decline suffering from the effects of habitat destruction, domestic dog attacks, bushfires and road accidents.