(KOALAS) AUSTRALIA — After Jimmy’s mother was hit and killed by a car in 2009, the one-pound koala was taken to Port Macquarie Koala Hospital. Jimmy quickly won over the hearts of the staff and became an instant internet sensation. Thanks to the hard work of his caregivers, he has now been released to the wild. Read on for more of the fantastic news and adorable pictures of Jimmy. — Global Animal
The Huffington Post, Andres Jauregui
Crescent Head Jimmy, an orphaned baby koala that became an Internet sensation after he was nursed back to health by staff at an Australian animal hospital, has been returned to the wild.
According to MSNBC, the cuddly little guy weighed just a little more than a poundwhen he was brought to Port Macquarie Koala Hospital after his mother was struck and killed by a car in 2009.
Supervisor Cheyne Flanagan, to whose leg Jimmy can be seen clinging in the gallery below, told Australian media that the baby koala was covered in bruises and in pretty bad shape when he first arrived. But the staff’s love and care helped him thrive and eventually return to the wild.
The photos of the baby koala posted to Tourism Australia’s Facebook page initially garnered more than 200,000 “likes” and 70,000 shares. An encore repost later received an additional 50,000 “likes” and 11,000 shares.
It’s easy to see why. To paraphrase the late, great stand-up comic Mitch Hedberg, don’t you just want to hold him, and feed him a leaf?
Although koalas are called bears, they’re actually marsupials. They spend much of their lives in eucalyptus trees, feeding almost exclusively on leaves.