A tiny koala joey has made a stunning recovery after being rescued from the bushfires burning through Australia.
After being discovered in New South Wales on September 8, the joey weighed just 275g and the majority of his fur had been lost to a fungal infection. However, he was in the best possible hands at The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.This woman risked her life to save a koala from the wildfire:
At the time of the koala's discovery, he was found on the ground, but now, almost four months on, the hospital has shared pictures of his remarkable recovery.[[imagecaption|| Credit: The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital]]
Port Macquarie Koala Hospital wrote on Facebook: "Just a brighter moment - in all the tragedy in Australia at the moment we wanted to share something good."
"Look at Keli today, a whopping 1 kg in weight, the fungal infection has gone and all his fur is regrowing. It's still early days yet, we will get very excited when he makes 2.5kg."[[imagecaption|| Credit: The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital]]
The hospital continued: "And it's time for him to come into the 'dehumanising trees' in preparation for release back to the wild. Release will not happen until the cooler months, and thankfully there is still some good habitat left in selected locations."
Yesterday, we reported the tragic news that almost half a billion animals have been estimated to have perished in the wildfires.
Pictured below is a koala who flagged down a cyclist for water.
Science for Wildlife executive director Dr Kellie Leigh told the New South Wales upper house inquiry: "We're getting a lot of lessons out of this and it's just showing how unprepared we are.
"There's no procedures or protocols in place - even wildlife carers don't have protocols for when they can go in after fire."[[imagecaption|| Credit: PA Images]]
It is believed that the koala population will be one of the hardest hit.
Australia's environment minister Sussan Ley said: "Up to 30 percent of the koalas in the region may have been killed, because up to 30 percent of their habitat has been destroyed. We'll know more when the fires are calmed down and a proper assessment can be made."
However, you can help and a GoFundMe has been set up by the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, titled Help Thirsty Koalas Devastated by Recent Fires. At the time of writing, it has raised more than $2.4 million.