Lelo the Koala Joey - 11th September 2017
Age: Juvenile Sex: Female Weight: 430gms
Found: Lelo was found on the side of the road in Memerambi, Queensland, after her and her mother were tragically struck by a car.
Transported to: The people involved in the accident did all they could however Lelo's mother was not able to be saved and sadly died at the roadside. In a determined effort to help Lelo the family drove for three hours to bring the baby to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.
Veterinary Assessment: Like all animals brought to the hospital, Lelo received a full veterinary examination under anaesthetic and it was found that she had bleeding into her abdomen but thankfully, no fractures or other major injuries.
Treatment: The team wrapped Lelo in a blanket, gave her a plush toy to cling to and placed her in a warm humidicrib, instantly calming the nerves. Within the hour, Lelo was bright, alert and munching on eucalyptus leaf. The team arranged for a specialised koala carer to raise orphaned Lelo.
Outcome: After two months in care, Lelo has grown significantly in size, thriving in the care of her specialised wildlife carer. However, it will be several months before Lelo is fully grown and can return to the wild.
AZWH Fact: As the season changes and the weather heats up, please remember to drive safely on the roads. If an accident occurs always remember to check for babies. By adhering to the speed limits and being sensible around wildlife close to roads, you can help animals like Lelo survive trauma season.
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