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Apollo the golden swamp wallaby   - 2nd September 2019

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Apollo the golden swamp wallaby

Age: 5 months old   Sex: Male   Weight: 780gms

Found: Apollo was found on the side of the road in Currumbin, Queensland, curled up in his mother's pouch after they'd been struck by a car.

Transported to: Rescuers brought orphaned Apollo to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital for a full veterinary check.

Veterinary Assessment: Apollo appeared to be bright, alert, responsive, but breathing with increased effort. Whilst under general anaesthetic, a physical exam found bruising over his nasal bone and left knee. He was dehydrated, suffering from diarrhoea and aspiration pneumonia, as well as excess gas in his intestines.

Treatment: Dr Tania placed a catheter in Apollo's tail vein to replenish the fluids in his body, before starting him on a treatment of antibiotics, anti-fungal medication and pain relief.

Outcome: A wildlife carer who specialises in hand-raising macropods such kangaroos, wallabies and pademelons, coupled with the support from the veterinary team, is Apollo's best chance at one day returning to the wild.

AZWH Fact: Unlike most swamp wallabies with dark brown fur, Apollo is golden in colour. He's part of a small golden morph population of the species found on South Stradbroke Island and in the Gold Coast hinterland.



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