Australia is the only home known to the koalas. They’re classified as ‘vulnerable’ by the IUCN, so when Werribee zoo found an injured mother-daughter pair, they knew what to do.
The mother was so severely injured that the vet had to euthanize her. The joey, however, had a fighting chance. Koalas this small don’t do very well without their moms.
She had a fractured right arm, and weighing less than 1 lb didn’t help either. So, the caregivers, vet Jess Rice among them, took it upon themselves to help her recover.
They made the most adorable little cast for her little arm and prepared supplementary milk as a replacement for her mother’s milk. Luckily for the caregivers, she took it very well.
She did a good job at gaining weight and growing stronger! Hopefully, she only has a little more than a year of care remaining before she can head back to the trees.
Joeys have very sharp claws, and so did this one. She was given a stuffed koala toy to put those claws at work. Together, they look too cute to be true.
Though the story’s beginning is sad, the middle part is very uplifting, and we’re hoping for a bright future for her. Thanks to the folks at Werribee zoo.