16 September 2012
By KRIS CRANE
FORGET the flowers - this special patient would love a bunch of eucalyptus leaves.
Stuart the koala, who was found with a fractured spine, is now one of about 80 patients at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital’s koala ER.
The hospital said Stuart, who was hit by a car near Toowoomba, was a great patient who was recovering well.
The highchair in which he’s pictured was specially designed to ensure he can sit up straight and build up strength in his back.
The Beerwah hospital receives close to 100 emergency calls a day.
Fellow patient Daisy was hit by a car at Esk and rushed to the emergency room.
Mayhem suffered the same fate on the Gold Coast.
The hospital collects sick, injured and orphaned koalas and other injured native wildlife within south east Queensland and admits as many as 30 different species daily.
But koalas are the major patients.
"There are more than 100 koalas in care at any one time during busy seasons, and an average of 70 koalas coming through the hospital every month," the hospital said.
If you see an injured animal, call the 24-hour wildlife emergency number on 1300 369 652.