Callista the Koala - 1st July 2013
Age: 6 years Sex: Male Weight: 7.85 kgs
Found: A member of the public made the emergency call for assistance when Callista was attacked by a pet dog at Amity Point.
Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by Sunshine Coast Koala & Wildlife Rescue.
Veterinary Assessment: Dr Claude was the vet on duty when Callista was admitted. His injuries were very serious. On examination Dr Claude found bruising to his limbs and mouth along with small puncture wounds. His nose was severely fractured also incorporating his left eye and socket.
Treatment: Dr Claude flushed Callista's facial wounds with an antibacterial solution to clean away any debris and prevent infection. She then sutured the left side of his nose and bottom eyelid. Callista was given a series of injections of strong pain relief, anti-inflammatory and antibiotics. The inflammation to his nose and sinuses became so severe overnight that his breathing was restricted. Dr Claude decided to perform a life-saving tracheostomy, which has never been attempted on a koala before.
Outcome: Callista has many weeks of rehabilitation ahead and like all mammals, his bones will take approximately 8 weeks to heal. He will need constant care from our staff to assist his recovery.
AZWH Fact: We can help prevent attacks like these by keeping our pets indoors or secured at night.
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