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Saxon the Koala   - 9th April 2018

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Saxon the Koala

Age: 3 years   Sex: Male   Weight: 5.3kgs

Found: Saxon was found in a tree in Cleveland, Queensland with a 'dirty tail,' a visible symptom of the life-threatening koala disease, chlamydia.

Transported to: Redlands After-hours Wildlife Ambulance (RAWA) rescued Saxon and brought him to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital for medical treatment.

Veterinary Assessment: Dr Wendy and her team examined Saxon and confirmed that he had Chlamydiosis which was causing thickening and irritation of his bladder. As a result, the constant dribble of urine left a stain on his bottom. Thankfully, Saxon did not have conjunctivitis which is another common sign of the disease.

Treatment: Dr Wendy prescribed a four week treatment of antibiotics to clear his infection while housed in the hospital's outdoor koala wards.

Outcome: After two months in care, Saxon was given the all clear to be released.

AZWH Fact: Saxon was born in a highly urban environment and in his short life he's already been affected by two of the major problems facing wild koala; busy roads and disease. He was admitted only three months prior after he was hit by a car. He was struck in a 60km/hr zone but rolled underneath the car, luckily avoiding impact and serious injuries. He has been released into better habitat within 5km of his original home, so that he has familiar eucalypt trees to feed on, but a higher chance of leading a full life and fulfilling his destiny to breed and contribute to the survival of his species.



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