Wildlife veterinarians at Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital are saddened to announce the passing of Stuart, a long-term and well-loved patient.
Stuart was admitted to Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital in February 2012 suffering from a severely fractured neck after being hit by a car near Toowoomba. With the fracture his mobility was reduced, even after surgery. As time went on, he appeared to be making progress through extensive physiotherapy and treatment so staff were optimistic.
However, 18 months on, Stuart's progress plateaued. It became evident to his carers that Stuart's mobility was never going to be suitable for release into the wild or a life in captivity, as he was unable to move up and down his tree unsupervised.
Last week, hospital veterinarians made the heart-breaking assessment that Stuart was not going to improve any further. His current condition meant his long term well-being was compromised and provided him very little quality of life.
Stuart was a well-loved patient among hospital vets, nurses, and volunteers. He also featured in a number of news stories on the hospital and was popular among visitors.
He will be remembered for his unique personality and ongoing perseverance.