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…

Jenkins the Koala

Jenkins the Koala

Age: 3 years

Sex: Weight: 3.7kg

Found: On the road after he was hit by a car in Cedar Grove, QLD.

Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by a kind member of the public.

Veterinary Assessment: Jenkins was noticeably quiet on arrival and seemed to be having difficulty seeing. After further examination and x-rays under anaesthetic, Dr Jackie found that he had abrasions on his chin and a fractured jaw. The swelling from his injuries was around his optic nerves and had caused him to lose some of his eyesight.

Treatment: Dr Jackie had to extract three broken incisors in the fractured area but the crack in the jaw was stable enough not to require further surgical intervention. Dr Jackie administered anti-inflammatories to reduce the swelling around Jenkins' optic nerves, fluids and pain relief to further aid his recovery.

Future: Jenkins is now much brighter. While his jaw is still healing, he has regained full eyesight and is eating well. He will remain at the hospital until his injury has completely healed and when fully recovered will be returned to his home-range in the wild but safely away from roads and other threats.

AZWH Fact: The biggest threat to koalas is habitat destruction. They can't go far without having to cross a road. Please remember to drive carefully and watch for wildlife!


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