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Nevaeh the Koala Joey   - 12th April 2013

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Nevaeh the Koala Joey

Age: Juvenile   Sex: Female   Weight: 300 grams

Found: In Kurwongbah after being hit by a car on Torrens Road. Upon impact Nevaeh was thrown from her Mum's pouch and both koalas were injured.

Transported to: To the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital with her Mum.

Veterinary Assessment: Dr Claude assessed Nevaeh and found she had severe bruising on her face and X-rays confirmed a fractured leg. An intravenous catheter was inserted in her arm in preparation for further treatment she would require.

Treatment: Nevaeh's leg was strapped to stabilise the break prior to having specialist orthopedic surgery and she was given pain relief. A surgical plate was put in to hold the leg while it heals.

Outcome: Nevaeh was in intensive care for four days and she will have constant rechecks until the plate is removed in about 3 weeks. Nevaeh will remain in care with a registered wildlife carer for the next year until she is old enough for pre-release in rainforest aviary at Hospital. She will then be released back into the wild at approximately 18 months.

AZWH Fact: Unfortunately Nevaeh's Mum didn't survive her injuries. It is so important that we slow down on the roads especially at dawn and dusk. If you do find an injured koala please call us, and remain with the animal until help arrives.



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