Luca is a four year old male koala who was admitted to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital following a vehicle hit.
Luca’s injuries included several wounds and abrasions. One of his thumbs was severely crushed and required amputation under general anaesthesia. Luca is currently receiving treatment at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital from our dedicated veterinary team. Once Luca is stabilised he will be moved outside to our purpose built Koala Rehabilitation Facility where he will continue treatment until he has made a full recovery. Once Luca has recovered he will be returned into the wild.
Sadly, our koalas of South East QLD are in trouble, numbers are declining and we are losing countless numbers of our koalas to trauma and disease. This time last year we had 68 koalas admitted to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, that number has now increased to 100 koalas admitted so far. This is a very sad increase in koala patients!
You can help patients like Luca by being aware when driving on our roads, especially at dusk when koalas are often on the move. Please take notice of Koalas Cross Here signs, as it is not uncommon for koalas to be hit within very close proximity to these signs despite the warnings. You can also help patients like Luca by donating to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation here.
Together we can make a difference!