Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

The Floodhounds; UQ Vets Caring for Array of Animals Rescued from Flood

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

The Floodhounds; UQ Vets Caring for Array of Animals Rescued from Flood

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Byline: MELANIE MAESEELE melanie.maeseele@qt.com.au

THE University of Queensland's Gatton Campus has turned into Noah's Ark with sick, lost and injured animals that survived the floods being cared for.

Dozens of pets were rescued from their owners' rooftops after trudging through mud, and some after swimming for several hours, when the devastating floods hit the Lockyer Valley last week.

A dedicated UQ veterinary team fed, washed, provided medical treatment and comfort to 35 dogs, 20 birds, 10 cats, seven horses, two rats, two quails, five guinea pigs and two Siamese fighting fish Co all found in paddocks, on rooftops and some even in partially submerged houses.

Among the many stories of survival is Mia, a newborn foal who was saved from a property isolated by floodwaters near Helidon. She was barely alive.

Her mother died after being in labour for six days and her owner was unable to call for help.

Through the help of The University of Queensland's Veterinary Medical Centre, Mia is on the mend along with many other rescued pets. …

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