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Timberwolf the Koala   - 12th August 2014

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Timberwolf the Koala

Age: 4 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 5.75 kgs

Found: At a service station outside Gympie. Timberwolf had been hit by a car near Maryborough and traveled over 80kms clinging to the bumper bar!

Transported to: A nearby vet clinic by a kind taxi driver. Then transferred to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by the leaf cutting team.

Veterinary Assessment: Timberwolf was seen by Dr Amber on arrival and although he was quiet he was remarkably ok. After a check over under anaesthesia and an x-ray Dr Amber found only minor superficial trauma to his nose and a torn toenail on his left foot. He wasn't showing any signs of Chlamydia but tested positive as a carrier.

Treatment: Dr Amber administered Timberwolf with fluids and pain relief. He spent one night in the mammals intensive care unit and was then transferred to an outside enclosure where he has since been treated with antibiotics over a two week period for the Chlamydial disease.

Outcome: Timberwolf has recently had his final test for Chlamydia which came back all clear! After some thorough research of the Maryborough area the AZWH team are confident they have located his home range where he will be released to in the coming days.

AZWH Fact: 150 Koalas have been admitted to AZWH for car strikes over the last 12 months, many of which have suffered life threatening injuries. You can help Koalas not as lucky as Timberwolf by donating to www.wildlifewarriors.org.au/donate/



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