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…

Shawn the Koala

Shawn the Koala

Age: Adult - 3 Years Old

Sex: Male Weight: 5.6 gms

Found: On a property in Toogoolawah. It was suspected that Shawn had been attacked by three dogs and also caught up in the middle of a herd of sheep!

Transported to: To the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by Sunshine Coast Koala Rescue Group.

Veterinary Assessment: Dr Amber was on duty to assess Shawn on arrival and found a very scared and shaken koala. On initial assessment he wasn’t showing any signs of physical trauma and was very bright and alert in his demeanour. Dr Amber anaesthetised Shawn so she could perform a physical examination and an x-ray and was pleased to find absolutely no injuries or abnormalities. He was also graded with a good body score of 8 out of 10 and a test for disease came back negative.

Treatment: Shawn had a very lucky escape and fortunately didn’t require any treatment. He’s was administered with fluids to keep him hydrated and was tagged and chipped. After three days in care at the wildlife hospital he was ready to go back home to the wild and had even put on an extra kilogram in weight.

Future: A very healthy Shawn the koala has since been released back into his home range in the Toogoolawah region, well away from farmland, houses and roads. Hopefully he can live his days happily in the wild and isnt seen at the hospital again.


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