This week’s patient of the week is Kate, the Koala.
Kate is a regular at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital and she has been admitted three times in the past 12 months. It seems Kate likes to wander and has travelled up and down the Gold Coast region, crossing a number of major roads on her travels. After Kate’s third admission she was recently released to her new home at Lower Beechmont by our Currumbin Wildlife Hospital ambulance drivers. This is an ideal koala habitat well away from built up areas so hopefully she will stay happy there and cease her wandering ways.
Lack of appropriate habitat is one of the many dangers our Gold Coast koalas are facing. We are now in koala trauma season; male koalas spend more time on the ground wandering to find a female mate. They find themselves in dangerous situations such as busy roads and backyards with dogs. There are many ways that you can help save this vulnerable species. If you live in a koala area, please do not leave your dog outside at night. Koalas do not realise that dogs are dangerous so they are often attacked resulting in serious injuries or death. Please be mindful of ‘Koalas Cross Here’ signs and slow down at dawn and dusk when these beautiful animals are most active.
You can also help by donating to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation here.