Following the recent Weekly Photo Challenge – Refuge, and my entry, I thought you might be interested in the whole story, together with progress photographs of the little rescued baby koala – and the happy ending!
Here in Australia we are taught that if we hit a koala, kangaroo, wombat, etc., whilst driving, to stop and check the pouch to see if there is a joey (baby) inside, because sometimes the baby can be saved.
Fortunately, this driver stopped and although they didn’t check the pouch, they did take the mother to the vet, not realizing she was already dead. The vet made the discovery of twins in mum’s pouch! It is quite uncommon for a koala to have twins, so although there was sadness for the mother’s demise, there was great excitement about her two babies!
This was the size of the first twin taken from the pouch – will he survive?
He is so tiny and vulnerable!
Yes, against all the odds they survived, and are looking pretty healthy!
The babies were initially hand-reared by a Wildlife Carer and then put into a Wildlife Park where they will ultimately be put into the breeding program. The breeding program has been set up because the koala population is seriously dwindling as a result of us humans destroying their habitat with urban development and new roads. They get killed crossing these roads trying to find food or a mate, and are often attacked by dogs.
Contrary to popular belief, koalas are not found all over Australia – they can be found only in select areas along the east coast (mainly the South East corner of Queensland) and South Australia.