Ollie, a young platypus found underweight and without his mother, is the 90,000th patient to be admitted to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, since opening in 2004. In the midst of catastrophic conditions for wildlife in Australia, this significant milestone is cause for celebration, as Ollie is well on his way to recovery and it is anticipated he will be released back into the wild. The team at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital have been working around the clock over the festive season, ensuring patients just like Ollie are treated for their injuries and returned to their wild homes. Terri Irwin, Owner of Australia Zoo said the hospital has seen the significant impact of weather events across northern New South Wales and south east Queensland. “We’ve seen animals suffering from fires, drought and disease and our team is busier than ever. To have treated 90,000 patients since opening in 2004 is an incredible feat and Steve would be so proud. This makes an immense impact to our wild populations that are facing enormous pressure. “It is important for us to all do our part to ensure we can live harmoniously alongside our precious wildlife. Everyone can help wildlife in their backyards by putting out compost scraps, a shallow container of water, and shelter areas this bushfire season. We can all keep our pets inside at night, plant native trees and bushes, drive carefully during dawn and dusk, and call 1300 ANIMAL if we see wildlife in need,” said Terri. Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is Australia’s busiest wildlife hospital. “Luckily for Ollie, he has had an amazing team of vets, nurses and carers supporting him on his road to recovery and his future is looking very bright!” mentioned Terri. For more ways to help native Australian wildlife in this time of need, visit wildlifewarriors.org.au.