This week’s patient is Moet the Koala.
Moet is an adult male Koala that was hit by a car on the Tugun Bypass last week. A Good Samaritan stopped to rescue Moet from the side of the road, and rushed him to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital.
Moet had suffered substantial injuries during his ordeal; he had a broken humerus, a broken femur and had significant damage to his eye. Moet was stabilised and treated by our Hospital veterinary staff with pain relief, oxygen and his fractures were splinted.
Early the following morning, Dr Andrew accompanied Moet to Veterinary Specialist Services (VSS) in Varsity Lakes, where he underwent a 6 hour operation to repair the fractures, where metal plates were used to stabilise the fracture sites.
Moet is expected to be in rehabilitation at the Wildlife Hospital for 10 to 12 weeks, and at this stage, we are hopeful he will make a full recovery. He is on a course of medication to manage the pain, as well as antibiotics to prevent infection and IV fluids.
Stay tuned for an upcoming update on Moet’s progress!
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Over 600 different types of Eucalyptus can be found in Australia, but Koalas will only eat around 40-50 of them with as little as 10 being preferred. An adult Koala eats approximately 200-500 grams of Gum leaves a day. They eat mainly eucalyptus leaves but will occasionally eat the leaves of other Native Australian trees.
Koalas are unique as they are one of the few animals that can survive by eating gum leaves which are poisonous to most other animals.
Gum leaves are fibrous and low in nutrition meaning they take a lot of energy to digest, to allow for them to save energy koalas sleep for an average of 18 – 22 hours a day.
Koalas are well adapted for a diet of primarily gum leaves. They have a unique section in their intestine called a caecum containing millions of micro-organisms that break down the gum leaves making them easier to absorb. Gum leaves also contain a high content of water so koalas rarely require coming down from the trees to drink.
Koala’s teeth are also specifically suited for eating gum leaves. Sharp front teeth pull the leaves from the tree and their back teeth are uniquely shaped for breaking down the leaves to excerpt the most nourishment.