This week’s patient of the week is Reg the Koala from Elanora. Reg was caught in soccer goal nets. He was much entangled and in the struggle to free himself, he got himself completely stuck. Specialist rescuers from Wildcare Australia Inc attended, and had to sedate Reg to free him from the mess he was in, before transporting him to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital.
Vets examined Reg and found that his arm was very swollen from the pressure of the netting. He is also suffering from conjunctivitis, a condition associated with chlamydia in koalas.
Reg received x-rays, ultrasound, bone marrow, and blood and urine tests upon arrival. Thankfully both the swollen arm and the disease are treatable. He is on a course of antibiotics and anti-inflammatories to reduce the swelling.
Reg will remain in the Hospital for the duration of his chlamydia treatment which is a 28 day treatment until he is well enough to be released back into the wild. Reg’s ongoing rehabilitation and treatment will include antibiotics once a day, anti-inflammatories and eye drops twice a day.
You can help patients like Reg by being aware of the signs of chlamydia – sore eyes, wet & dirty bottom, and call the Hospital or Wildcare if you have any concerns.
You can also help by donating to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation here.
Together we can make a difference!
Like humans, koalas live in communities meaning they need to interact with other koalas. Koalas require areas of suitable eucalyptus forest big enough to support a healthy koala population and provide room for expansion by growing young koalas. Koalas are very territorial; within breeding groups each koala maintains their own “home range” areas.
A “home range” is comprised of different trees which remain the continuous territory of the individual koala. These trees provide the koala with food, shelter and places for social interaction to support it for life. Home range trees outline an individual koala’s territory, they are not always visible to humans but koalas can tell whether a tree is property to another koala or not. Some trees may overlap within established social groups, these trees are very important as it is where most social interaction will take place.