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On Thursday 13 October, the Australia Zoo Rescue Unit responded to a call for
help from Moreton Bay Koala Rescue Inc. regarding an injured koala in Kipparing,
North of Brisbane that had sustained facial injuries of which the cause was
unknown.

Upon arrival, Manager of the Australia Zoo Rescue Unit Brian Coulter identified
the injured koala high in a tree and commenced an immediate rescue.
“The koala had a severe wound on its nose which clearly required immediate
treatment. Once the koala was safely rescued and secure, the Australia Zoo
Rescue Unit transported the koala to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital,” Brian
said.


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The male koala now named Fleet was assessed immediately by wildlife
veterinarian Dr Amber Gillett.

“Sadly, assessment has revealed a six year old male koala who has sustained
injuries consistent with a slug gun. X-rays have revealed seven pellets littered
throughout his body, including one that is lodged in his skull,” Dr Amber said.
Fleet has one pellet lodged in his skull, lower back and behind his ear as well as
one pellet in each limb which could indicate that he was deliberately shot from all
angles.”

Fleet is in a stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit of the Australia Zoo
Wildlife Hospital. If Fleet’s condition remains stable, surgery will be scheduled to
attempt to remove pellets from his body. Fleet is currently receiving intravenous
antibiotics, fluids, and strong pain relief.

“Fleet will require intensive monitoring and care over the coming days. My
biggest concern for Fleet at the moment is the spread of infection; he is suffering
from sever infection in his back leg which is associated with a pellet wound,” Dr
Amber said.

“I am angered and concerned that this is the fourth koala in two years that has
been presented to me at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital suffering from shot
gun wounds. I am stunned to see this kind of animal cruelty, and cannot begin to
fathom why somebody would want to shoot a koala that poses no threat to them.
Koala populations are already in serious decline in South East Queensland and
incidents such as these add unnecessary pressure to a species already struggling
to survive.”

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Due to overwhelming public concern already, the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital
has set up an Everyday Hero page for Fleet and others like him in care at the
Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. To help Fleet please donate to the link below.



Staff at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital urge the public to call their 24-hr
wildlife emergency hotline on 1300 369 652 for any wildlife emergencies.

Kirby Orr
PR & Communications Executive | Media
Australia Zoo
0400 404 809
kirby@australiazoo.com.au

 

 

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