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Pinto the Koala   - 6th November 2017

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Pinto the Koala

Age: Adult   Sex: Male   Weight: 7.4kg

Found: Pinto was found on the side of the road with a broken arm and blood on his face, after being hit by a car in a high speed zone in Mundoolun, Queensland.

Transported to: Pinto was rushed to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital to be stabilised, before being transferred to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital the following day.

Veterinary Assessment: Dr Amber and her team confirmed that Pinto had suffered a number of severe trauma injures; multiple breaks to his arm, a ruptured eye and internal bleeding.

Treatment: To repair the upper part of this arm, Dr Amber inserted a series of surgical pins into the humerus, which were then connected on the outside with surgical clamps to stabilise the fracture (called an external fixator). The other fracture in Pinto's arm was stabilized with a soft cast which required bandaging his arm and part of his chest. Further surgery was performed 24hrs later to remove Pinto's badly damaged eye as it was beyond repair.

Outcome: Pinto will require extensive rehabilitation and physiotherapy which means he will remain in care at the Wildlife Hospital for at least 8 months.

AZWH Fact: Due to the extent of Pinto's injuries, and the immobilisation of his fractured arm, Pinto was restricted from climbing for the first part of his recovery and confined to the Mammals Intensive Care Unit, for close observation 24 hours a day.



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