Shelly Beach Road Trish
New Joey available for Adoption
Shelly Beach Road Trish is a young female joey who was found in February 2023 after a microburst storm hit Port Macquarie.
She was observed climbing with what seemed to be a paralysed forearm. Koala Conservation Australia’s (KCA) team rescued her and brought her back to the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie.
Trish was not moving her right front arm at all but had no visible wounds. X-rays were taken and showed that one of the bones in her front-arm was broken at the junction with the elbow joint and was moderately displaced. This injury healed well, but unfortunately, the fall also caused nerve damage to her shoulder. As a result, Trish has very restricted movement in the injured limb. She can use it to brace herself, but she is unable to lift it and use it to climb, which makes her unable to climb tree trunks. Luckily, this little koala is comfortable with no remaining pain from her injury. She has developed amazing jumping skills to compensate for her inability to use her forearm, and she can climb up and down gunyah furniture like a real champ!
Trish spent nearly four months in home care. On admission she weighed 1.4kg and was still dependent on milk. She is now weaned, and loves her eucalyptus leaves, and has been transferred to KCA’s Koala Hospital.
Ruins Way Baz
Exhibit Koala
Baz was named after one of the two firefighters that found him all burnt and sitting on the side of a track, during the peak of the 2019 Mid North Coast bushfires. He had bad burns on his hands, feet and nose and his fur was all singed and brown. He was very dehydrated too. Baz struggled for many weeks to cope with staff fearing for his life initially. He slowly recovered but his he has permanently lost the claws on his hands and feet and has scar tissue on his digits and his chin. As a result Ruins Way Baz is unable to climb high into the trees, although he can manage small trees slowly.
Ruins Way Baz is considered non-releasable and now lives permanently at the Koala Hospital. Baz is an ambassador for veterinarians, researchers and wildlife carer teaching them about what can occur with burns injuries.
Roto Jaz
Exhibit Koala
Roto Jaz is our new joey and was born at the Koala Hospital in April 2022. His parents both live here permanently – his mum is Wauchope Jade and his dad is Ruins Way Baz (a survivor of the Black Summer 2019 bushfires). Roto Jaz’s name, just like him, is the perfect mixture of Jade and Baz!
Under our Exhibitors’ Licence any offspring born of our exhibit animals remains in permanent care here at the Hospital. Therefore, Roto Jaz will enjoy the 5-star service we provide and we will have the joy of watching him grow and learn to become a strong and agile young male. Roto Jaz, once fully weaned, around 12 months of age, will have an enclosure of his own. Until then, enjoy the antics of mother and son and watch how this cheeky fellow becomes more and more independent and explores the world around him!
Myoora Jarrah
Myoora Jarrah was a little joey who lost her mum. She was only 5 months old when she was found by the side of the road and weighed only 425gm. After a check-up, she went into homecare where she received 24 hour care. When she was big enough, Myoora Jarrah returned to the hospital in March 2018, for ‘dehumanising’ in our joey yard.
Jarrah learnt quickly and adjusted well to becoming a wild koala in preparation for her release. After five months, Myoora Jarrah is now free and fending well for herself.
Murwillumbah Bobby
Exhibit Koala
Bobby is a healthy young male koala who was transferred to the Koala Hospital from Lismore Friends of the Koala after being seen for treatment at the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital. He initially presented into care after being attacked by a dog. The dog had bitten his lumbar spine and consequently he had lost feeling and movement in his right leg. His injuries were quite serious and he was unable to balance or climb.
Bobby has made lots of progress but has not recovered his climbing or jumping abilities to a level suitable to survive in the wild. He now lives full time at the Koala Hospital and with his lovely nature and striking dark grey coat, is a hit with everyone.
Maria River Road Jan
Exhibit Koala
In late summer of 2019 a small male joey was found curled up in the middle of the road and was lucky not to have been hit by a car. Once admitted to the Koala Hospital, Jan (pronounced Yarn) was found to have an early stage ocular chlamydial infection. He was anaemic, very underweight, had a distended abdomen and was worm infested. Following a lot of work and treatment in home care, and despite a few setbacks, Jan became healthy enough to be transferred to the Joey yard at the Koala Hospital.
Jan has a delightful nature and our volunteers love caring for him. As he is still unable to be released he has become a permanent resident at the Koala Hospital.
Kooloonbung Tasha
In late December 2018 members of the public noticed a small joey curled up next to a tree in a reserve in Port Macquarie. The joey had blood around her neck area, so the Koala Hospital was called to come and pick her up. Once the koala was admitted, Kooloonbung Tasha was found to be infested with ticks and anaemic.
She responded well to the medical treatment, daily fresh leaves and three formula feeds each day which were mixed with pumpkin, sweet corn and apple. Once well enough to be placed in the joey yard at the Koala Hospital she struck up a friendship with Hockey Luna and they always sat close to one another. In August 2019 these two friends were released together.
Kooloonbung Close Trevor
In January 2019, this koala joey was found curled up low in a small tree in Kooloonbung Close, Port Macquarie. We found that he was infested with lots of fully-engorged ticks and as a result was anaemic and very weak. Trevor was placed in home care in a washing basket lined with towels and just wanted to sleep.
With lots of treatment and care Kooloonbung Close Trevor grew to be a healthy handsome koala and was released back to the wild in August 2019.
Hockey Luna
Hockey Luna was found low in a tree with blood on her head and neck. Once rescued we found a number of ticks on Lunas head and found that she was very sick with chlamydia. Luna was too young to be alone, so she was transferred to home care where she received constant treatment and care.
Once Hockey Luna was well enough to climb she was placed into a large enclosure and was soon on the road to recovery. She was released in 2019 near Laurieton.
Evans Head CW
Exhibit Koala
This young male koala was observed walking in circles and was brought into Friends of the Koala in Lismore for assessment. He was called Cangleska Wakan which means sacred circle but staff call him CW for short. On examination CW was found to have a ruptured left eye and minor limb injuries - consistent with being hit by a car. It seems he has suffered a permanent brain injury which, though minor, will prevent him surviving in the wild.
Evans Head CW now lives permanently at the Koala Hospital.
Emerald Downs Mary
Exhibit Koala
This young female koala came to us with vision loss. She had very advanced glaucoma in her left eye, which is not unusual in koalas, but is not normally seen in young koalas like Mary. Her right eye was also badly damaged. We suspect that she may have been involved in some sort of physical trauma - a fall from a tree maybe?
Now blind, Emerald Downs Mary copes well with her life in captivity. She is easy going and gentle and shares her yard area with another blind koala.
Campbelltown Ella
Exhibit Koala
Campbelltown Ella arrived at the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital in March 2022 as a transfer from WIRES (Wildlife Information Rescue Education Service). She is unfit for release as she has neurological deficits, which means her ability to climb is compromised. We suspect this has been caused from trauma to the brain, most likely from being hit by a motor vehicle.
Thankfully, her mobility is good, and her gentle demeanour helped us make the decision to transfer her to our facility. The long silver-grey wisps of fur on her ears make her a crowd favourite.
Campbelltown Casper
Campbelltown Casper is an adult male koala who was transferred to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital following a suspected motor vehicle accident. He was estimated to be approximately 8 years old when he arrived, meaning that he was likely born in 2015.
He was found by Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife Services on the side of the road in May 2023, suspecting that he had sustained a motor vehicle accident. He initially showed signs of imbalance and abnormal gait, but luckily this fully resolved.
Apart from the permanent trauma caused by the motor vehicle accident, Casper is a very healthy koala. He is a very, very big boy (9.5 kg!), and has a very light grey and fluffy coat. He is also very special, because he comes from the Campbelltown population, which is one of the last wild koala populations completely free of Chlamydia.
Campbelltown Benny
Campbelltown Benny is a young male koala, who was transferred to permanent care at the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital in September 2023. It is estimated that he was born in 2019/2020, and was about 4 years-old when he arrived with us.
He was found in South West Sydney in July 2023, very subdued, showing signs of head trauma, most likely following a motor vehicle accident. Luckily, he survived, but he has sustained a permanent loss of vision and is now blind. As a result, he is not releasable, as he would not be able to survive in the wild.
Apart from the permanent trauma caused by the motor vehicle accident, Benny is a very healthy koala. He is still young, and still has a lot of growing to do. His current weight is 6 kg, and chances are that he will reach an adult weight of 8 or 9 kg. He is also very special, because he comes from the Campbelltown population, which is one of the last wild koala populations completely free of Chlamydia.
Lion Leo
In September 2019 a home owner found a young male koala in the backyard with her dogs and was concerned he may have been attacked. Our rescue team was despatched, and the young koala was captured. On examination at the Koala Hospital, staff were pleased to find he only had a laceration on one foot. They also found he had amazing, beautiful blue eyes. This is a very rare genetic phenomenon in koalas.
Lion Leo is now back in his home range and who knows, in the future, we may have more blue-eyed koalas from Leos’ offspring.
Balmoral Mini
Balmoral Mini survived a savage dog attack in the backyard of a house in Port Macquarie. Weighing only 500g, she appeared to be unharmed from the attack but sadly her mother received extensive injuries and died. After five months of home care with one of our experienced volunteers, Mini was moved into the Joey Yard at the Koala Hospital.
Balmoral Mini shared this yard with other joeys for a few more months and learnt to become a wild koala. She was released into the wild in August 2018.
Allunga Ave Daisy
** Pre-Release Joey **
Allunga Ave Daisy was found on 06/12/2022. She only weighed 1.5 kgs. Our rescuers went to look for her when her mother was found drowned in a pool. Daisy went into home care with one of our experienced carers and progressed really well. Within the space of 10 weeks, she put on 1.1kgs, and when she reached 2.6kg on 10/02/2023, she did not return to home care and, instead, was put in our joey pre-release yard with another joey, Granite St Peter.
The two joeys quickly adapted to each other’s presence, and they happily share the tall tree in the joey enclosure where they will practise their climbing skills until they are old enough to be released together, in a safe site, in koala-habitat bushland surrounding the Port Macquarie township. If you pop in to Port Macquarie Koala Hospital you might be able to see them in the joey pre-release yard.
LINR Anwen
This gentle young female koala was the third burns patient to be admitted from the Lake Innes fireground. Lake Innes Nature Reserve Anwen had suffered singeing to 90% of her body and radiant burns to her hindquarters. Anwen also had burns to the pads on her hands and feet.
Anwen adjusted to life at the Koala Hospital really well and after five months of rehabilitation she was released back to the tree she was rescued from.
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