Jan 24, 2020

Leah the Koala (and her joey Paula)

Leah, the koala was fighting for the survival of her life, and that of her joey, after disease had temporarily taken her sight. The five-year-old koala was spotted in a tree with a severe case of chlamydial conjunctivitis and a back-rider joey.

 The red, inflamed, cauliflower-like infection had engulfed both her eyes. With no ability to, see to source food or escape threats, the pair were in an extremely vulnerable position in the wild. 

Rescuers were called to the scene and carefully coaxed Leah down the tree, guiding her safely to the ground where they were waiting with a transport box. 

To give Leah some relief, the experienced rescuers flushed her sore, swollen eyes and applied antibacterial ointment. Her six-month-old joey, Paula, hugged her mother tightly all the way to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.

At the hospital, Dr Wendy provided Paula with a soft teddy bear and a warm blanket to ensure she felt warm and safe whilst they examined her mother. Under general anaesthetic, Dr Wendy was able to complete a full veterinary exam on Leah. 

Based on the severity of her conjunctivitis, she had been suffering from the chlamydial disease for some time. The infection had rendered her incapable of climbing tall trees or moving quickly along the ground, increasing her risk of being hit by a car or attacked by a dog. It was miraculous that Leah was rescued in time and that she had been able to raise a perfect, healthy joey in her poor body condition. 

Dr Wendy began Leah on a treatment plan of antibiotics and eye drops to clear her eye infection and rid her of the disease. Within a week, the veterinary team observed significant improvements. The inflamed eyelids had receded making her pupils visible and giving her limited sight. There was still a long way to go for Leah’s recovery, but it was a great start.

For the next two months, the veterinary team continued Leah’s treatment, monitoring her progress and keeping an eye on her quickly growing joey. 

During regular check-ups under general anaesthetic, Dr Wendy would surgically trim the excess conjunctival inflammation on the eyelids to promote healing. It was not long before Leah’s eyesight had returned to normal, allowing her to become a confident climber and restoring her capacity to care for her joey in the wild once more. 

Once the veterinary team received the test results confirming that Leah was disease-free, both her and Paula were released back into their home habitat. 

Apr 3, 2018

Freda the Green Sea Turtle

Freda the sea turtle on her way home!
Freda the sea turtle on her way home!

Young Lauchlan’s generosity towards wildlife saw him join the Australia Zoo Rescue Team for a sea turtle release.

Lauchlan and his family placed the winning bid in a silent auction at Australia Zoo to join the rescue team and release a turtle patient back into the wild. Inspired by the Zoo and its work, Lauchlan proudly gave up his parent’s offer of a PlayStation for Christmas to be part of Freda the green sea turtle’s big day.

Freda was found one month earlier starving in a local river as a result of suffering from the ‘Floater Syndrome’. A build-up of gas in her shell cavity meant that she was unable to dive and had slowly drifted into murky river waters. At the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, Freda received a treatment of antibiotics and plenty of squid and lettuce, before her release day arrived.

Together, the Australia Zoo Rescue Unit and Lauchlan’s family picked out the perfect release spot for the 60-kilogram sea turtle and waved goodbye to her as she swam out to sea. 

Freda the sea turtle almost home!
Freda the sea turtle almost home!
Wildlife Warrior Lauchlan!
Wildlife Warrior Lauchlan!
The team saying goodbye to Freda
The team saying goodbye to Freda

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Mar 19, 2018

Cutter the carpet python

Cutter the carpet python
Cutter the carpet python

Cutter the carpet python suffered lacerations to his body after an encounter with a large lizard.

Dr. Danny and his team at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital confirmed that the lacerations on Cutter's body were consistent with a lace monitor attack. The sharp teeth and claws of the large lizard had cut through the scales and injured the snake.

Dr. Danny and his team took the time to clean and suture each of the wounds along Cutter's body and provide him with a treatment of antibiotics and pain relief, before being released back into the wild three weeks later.

Fast Fact: If you encounter a snake in the wild, please do not approach it. Instead, remain calm and back away slowly. If you suspect the snake is sick or injured, please call your local wildlife rescue team who are specially trained in handling reptiles, to transport the snake to a vet clinic for medical attention.

Cutter the carpet python receiving treatment
Cutter the carpet python receiving treatment

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