Patient of the Week

All proceeds from Steve Irwin Day go into projects such as the Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors Australian Wildlife Hospital.

The Australian Wildlife Hospital treats thousands of injured animals each year. Sadly, many of them don’t make it back to the wild. The lucky ones make a full recovery and go on to live happy and healthy lives in their natural habitat. These are their stories…

Timberwolf the Koala

Timberwolf the Koala

Age: 4 Years

Sex: Male Weight: 5.75gms

Found: At a service station outside Gympie. Timberwolf had been hit by a car near Maryborough and traveled over 80kms clinging to the bumper bar! The people in the car didn’t realise until they stopped the car and he crawled off.

Transported to: A nearby vet clinic by a kind taxi driver. The Australia Zoo leaf cutting team happened to be in the area at the time so they transported Timberwolf back to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital for treatment.

Veterinary Assessment: Timberwolf was seen by Dr Amber on arrival and although he was quiet he was remarkably ok. After a check over under anaesthesia and an x-ray Dr Amber found only minor superficial trauma to his nose and a torn toenail on his left foot. Unfortunately he tested positive to Chlamydia even though he wasn’t showing any signs of the disease.

Treatment: Dr Amber administered Timberwolf with fluids and an analgesic for the pain. He spent one night in the mammals intensive care unit and was then transferred to an outside enclosure where he has since been treated with antibiotics over a two week period for the Chlamydial disease.

Future: Timberwolf has recently had his final test for Chlamydia which came back all clear! The team at AZWH have been thoroughly investigating where his home range might be.


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