Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

'Emaciated' Koala Fighting for Life; Joey Taken to Australia Zoo for Care

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

'Emaciated' Koala Fighting for Life; Joey Taken to Australia Zoo for Care

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Byline: Scott Kovacevic Scott.Kovacevic@gympietimes.com

"UNDERWEIGHT and dehydrated" was how Australia Zoo described the six-month-old koala admitted to their care on Thursday morning after being found with its mother at Widgee.

The pair were found at the base of a tree, emaciated and suffering exposure from the freezing cold.

They were taken to Gympie and District Veterinary Services, and while Dr Shannon Coyne is optimistic for the joey's recovery he said the prognosis was not good.

"It was pretty skinny. It's got a long way to come back," Dr Coyne said.

"I've never seen a koala that thin before, so I'd be pretty worried about it."

After receiving glucose and fluids to increase its energy levels, the joey was taken to Australia Zoo for more extensive care.

While every effort was made to save the mother's life she died shortly after being found.

"From what we could determine she was dead on arrival; absolute skin and bones, but no other sign of sickness. …

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