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Oliver the Koala Joey   - 8th September 2012

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Oliver the Koala Joey

Age: 5 months Weight: 280g Sex: Male

Found: At the base of a tree at Amity Point, Stradbroke Island, with his mother in the tree above. Koalas are still pouchbound at 5 months, so he may have fallen or mum might have accidentally kicked him out.

Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital for specialised care.

Veterinary Assessment: Dr Robyn assessed little Oliver on arrival, and found he was dehydrated and suffering from a chest infection.

Treatment: Oliver was administered fluids and antibiotics, and is now being kept warm in a humidicrib in the Nursery ICU.

Future: Oliver will remain in care at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital for at least the next couple of days. He will be transferred to a registered wildlife carer once his infection clears up.

AZWH Statistic: We are about to enter our busiest time of year with the start of koala breeding season. Please keep an eye out for sick or injured koalas and any babies that may be around. If you do find an orphaned koala, please give us a call!



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