For the first six months of a baby koala’s life, they spend the entire time in the safety of their mother’s pouch and are entirely dependent on her for nourishment and protection.
Yet when one wild baby koala was just a few months old, his mother was attacked by a cow and was stomped to death and he didn’t have that opportunity. Luckily, the baby miraculously survived the attack with a few injuries, but without any food or protection, he wouldn’t have survived much longer on his own.
Thankfully, rescuers from the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital went to check to see if the adult koala survived, and while checking her, they discovered the scared baby that they later named Frasier. “Cows have a thing about koalas, it’s a bit hard to know why,” veterinarian Michael Pyne said. “It’s not unusual for koalas to be stomped on by cows, it’s almost like they seek them out. Mum was literally stomped to death and the little joey had a broken arm and broken leg.”
The team immediately got to work treating the baby’s injuries and three months later, the team is finally confident Frasier will completely recover. “Three months on, he has a chest infection and some gut problems, as koalas have very sensitive intestines and he was pretty messed up.”
“Fraser is slowly recovering from his injuries and is being lovingly raised by a koala carer,” the hospital said in an update. “Fraser is around 11 months old but will remain in care until he is about 2 years of age; once Fraser is old enough and has fully recovered from his injuries he will be released back into the wild.”
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