8 November 2010
On Friday 5 November a late night call was received by the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital from a member of the public near Kenilworth reporting an injured koala joey. The koala joey had been found next to its mother who had died from apparent gunshot wounds.
The koala joey was transported to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by the Australia Zoo Rescue Unit where veterinarian Dr Amber Gillett was waiting to assess the youngster. Assessment revealed the joey had sustained a fractured skull and significant damage to the stomach and intestines as of result of being shot with what appears to be the spray of a shot gun. X-rays revealed approximately 15 pellets scattered throughout her body.
On Saturday Frodo underwent surgery in an attempt to remove pellets from her body. Dr Amber Gillett was able to remove three pellets, one of which was located in the skull.
Frodo's condition remained stable throughout Saturday and the decision was made on Sunday to schedule further surgery to remove more pellets. Dr Amber was able to successfully remove a further four pellets from the Joey's body. Frodo has now had a total of seven pellets removed. She is currently receiving intravenous antibiotics, fluids, and strong pain relief.
Frodo's condition is still extremely critical and will require intensive monitoring and care in the coming days.
Due to overwhelming public concern, Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors have set up an Everyday Hero page for Frodo and others like her in care at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. To help Frodo please donate to the link below. http://www.everydayhero.com.au/frodo
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