Keegan is a juvenile koala around 18 months of age and this special little guy has been through quite the ordeal.
Unfortunately, Keegan’s mum died leaving this baby wandering around in the wild on his own for several days before he was found and brought to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital. Keegan’s mum had Chlamydia and unfortunately he has the same disease.
Chlamydia is a terrible disease afflicting our koalas’ and this problem is getting worse and is affecting countless numbers of koalas. Currumbin Wildlife Hospital admitted over 300 koalas last year alone and many of them were affected by Chlamydia. Many of these koalas do not survive; Keegan is one of the lucky ones.
Keegan was found scared and dehydrated with his eyes stuck shut, this is because Chlamydia effects the eyes and causes a discharge which sticks them together if not bathed daily. Keegan is at an age where he would still be with his mother in the wild but he can survive without her and no longer requires her milk.
The very good news is that Keegan is a fighter, we were very concerned about this beautiful boy as his chest was affected by his illness but after a couple of weeks of treatment and a lot of tender loving care has seen this gorgeous boy through. Keegan’s prognosis is now looking good and now that he has improved we are moving him outside of the Wildlife Hospital into our koala rehabilitation facility. This purpose built facility will give young Keegan plenty of room to climb and move around as well as sunlight and fresh air during his recovery.
We have fallen in love with Keegan, check out his pictures and I am sure you will fall in love with him too! You can see one of our wonderful veterinary nurses putting ointment in Keegan’s eyes following them being bathed, and check out the gorgeous picture of Keegan and his nurse Natasha getting some sunshine. Stay tuned and we will keep you updated with this special little guy’s progress.