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Patient of the Week

Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital cares for thousands of wildlife patients every year, from turtles and birds to koalas. Each week we show you one of the animals that has been admitted.

February 2017


Braveheart the Koala


Monday, 20th February 2017

Age: 3 years old   Sex: M Weight: 4.5kgs

Found: Poor Braveheart was found on the side of the road after he was hit by a car in Coombabah, Queensland.

Transported to: Braveheart was taken to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital before being transferred to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital one week later.

Veterinary Assessment: The team at the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital confirmed that Braveheart had fractured his leg and suffered bruising to his lungs.

Treatment: Orthopedic surgeons from Veterinary Specialist Services at Carrara performed surgery to stabilise Braveheart's broken leg, before applying a bandage and administering pain relief. After one week in care, Braveheart was transferred to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, to continue his recovery in a long term rehabilitation facility.

Future: After three months in care, an x-ray confirmed that Braveheart's fracture had completely healed, and Dr Amber gave him the all clear to be released back into the wild.

AZWH Fact: Koalas are hard to see on the road so please drive slowly wherever you see a koala crossing sign. If you find sick or injured wildlife, please call the 24 hour Wildlife Emergency Hotline on 1300 369 652.

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