Feb 22, 2011 AUSTRALIA — Three months ago, Frodo, who was shot 15 times, was found struggling for life beside the body of her mother. The baby koala has made an incredible recovery, and is well on her way to being released back into the wild. Read more about her progress from trauma to health. — Global Animal
Sunshine Coast Daily, Damian Bathersby
SHE’S the baby koala whose fight for life captured the heart of a nation.
But you almost wouldn’t recognise little Frodo.
It’s been almost three months since the baby koala was found beside the body of her mother near Kenilworth.
They had both been shot and Frodo was barely clinging to life when she arrived at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.
With 15 shotgun pellets in her tiny body, a fractured skull and significant damage to her stomach and intestines, hospital staff faced an uphill battle to keep her alive.
But look at her now!
Frodo has progressed so well that wildlife hospital vet, Dr Amber Gillett, has moved her into an outdoor pre-release enclosure for koala joeys.
Although Frodo will remain in care for at least another six to eight months, her progress into the outdoor enclosure where she will climb tall trees and interact with other joeys is a big step towards preparing her for her eventual release back into the wild.
“I am so happy to see Frodo’s health continuing to improve every week. She now weighs a healthy 2.6kg since being in care at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital which is a great indicator of how well she is doing,” Dr Amber said.
A recent check-up showed Frodo’s recovery was on track.
“Frodo’s assessment was very pleasing. There were no signs of deterioration, her blood lead levels have, so far, been within normal limits and her fur has completely grown back over old wounds making her virtually unrecognisable to the Frodo who came into care three months ago.”
Public concern over Frodo’s condition was so overwhelming that the Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors set up an Everyday Hero donation page for her and others like her in care at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, with donations made towards Frodo directly helping pay for her treatment.
“A patient like Frodo costs thousands of dollars to treat and care for before returning to the wild,” Dr Amber said.
“Frodo is an expensive little girl being provided with fresh leaf, paste, and fluids; not to mention associated medical costs such as antibiotics, x-rays, surgery, and around the clock veterinary treatment, all of which adds up.
“Without donations from the general public, we couldn’t continue our vital work here at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.”
To make a donation to help with Frodo’s rehabilitation log onto www.everydayhero.com.au/frodo