5 September 2018
With spring now upon us, our native wildlife is on the move and as a result more likely to encounter hazards such as roads, barbed wire and domestic animals.
This time of year signifies the start of an even busier time at Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital (AZWH) as the number of native wildlife brought to the hospital for treatment increases.
Terri Irwin, Owner of Australia Zoo said it is important for us all to do our part to ensure we can live harmoniously alongside our precious wildlife.
“Due to increasing levels of land clearance that leads to loss and destruction of natural habitat, we continue to see an increase in injured and sick native wildlife come through our doors at Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.”
This year’s Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors campaign is focusing on educating people to ‘Look out!’ for wildlife that’s about and do their part to protect native animals by driving carefully, preventing domestic pets from attacking wildlife and making decisions in their own backyards that limit the negative impact on Australian fauna.
A number of animals brought to AZWH have sustained significant injuries that vary from leg, wing or spine fractures and soft tissue injuries, amongst other diagnosis, and after receiving emergency treatment are tirelessly nursed back to health.
One such patient is Vincent, a young koala who was brought to Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital during the last Trauma Season after being found by the side of the road with multiple wounds consistent with that caused by barbed wire.
Dr Rosemary Booth, Director of Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital said that Vincent was only 1.75kg when he was brought to the Hospital, and a normal weaning weight is 2.2kg, meaning he was separated from his mother and would not have survived in his condition.
“Little Vincent presented with wounds all over him and a chronically infected ear that had to be amputated. It would have been a very traumatic time for such a young koala who we suspect was separated from his mother after being caught in barbed wire,” Rosie said.
“After several months with a carer and regular check-ups at the Hospital, Vincent’s wounds have healed well and he is stabilised, weaned and well-grown. He will now spend some time at ‘Koala Kindy’ before he’s expected to be released in October.”
Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is Australia’s busiest koala hospital that since its opening in 2004, has treated over 77,000 sick and injured native animals.
“Vincent is a wonderful success story and illustrates the amazing work performed at Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital together with the help from a team of dedicated local carers,” Terri said.
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