Did you know Australia has the worst mammalian extinction rate compared to any other country in the world? What is even more appalling is our national icon – the cute and lovable koala – is fast becoming part of this statistic. Koala populations are being decimated due to habitat loss, motor vehicle accidents, domestic pet attacks and most disturbingly disease.
Stuart the koala suffered a fractured neck after being hit by a car
Stuart came to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital in February from the New England Highway in Cabarlah (near Toowoomba in south-east Queensland), presumed hit by a car near a roadworks location where tree clearing was occurring.
The 4-year-old male koala, weighing 8.6kg, was brought to the AZWH for emergency expert assessment and treatment.
Dr Amber examined Stuart and found he had sustained a severely fractured neck at the third and forth vertebrae. Amazingly, he could still move his limbs.
Stuart underwent a CT scan to determine whether his spinal cord was still intact, and Dr Amber consulted a veterinary specialist surgeon. Four screws were placed in Stuart's neck to stablise it.
Stuart is a real little Aussie battler, and continuing to make improved progress each and every day. He is currently undergoing twice daily physiotherapy, and is in a neck brace while his injuries heal. While the recovery process is slow and could take up to several months, Dr Amber and all of the staff at the AZWH are determined to help him recover.
Our motto is to 'save one, save the species', no matter the treatment costs.
You can make a difference to Stuart's recovery - please donate today.
You can also make a very real difference every single day by exercising caution on our roads, especially at dawn and dusk when koalas are most active and moving around.
Please donate and help other koalas that come into our care at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. Your generosity will enable us to give them the best chance of returning to the wild where they belong.
Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors
Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors Worldwide Ltd was established in 2002 by Steve and Terri Irwin, as a way to include and involve other caring people to support the protection of injured, threatened or endangered wildlife – from the individual animal to an entire species.
Our mission is to be the most effective wildlife conservation charity in the world through the delivery of outstanding outcome-based programs and projects, inclusive of humanity.