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Baby Koala Hugs Unconscious Mom During Life-Saving Surgery
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Baby Koala Hugs Unconscious Mom During Life-Saving Surgery

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This 6-month-old joey named Phantom stayed by his mother’s side during life-saving surgery. Mother koala Lizzy was hit by a car on Warrego Highway in Australia, suffering facial trauma and a collapsed lung. The two koalas are now recovering at Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, which was founded by Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin and his wife Terri.

Koalas are native to Australia and primarily eat eucalyptus leaves. They are asocial animals, with bonding occurring only between mothers and their dependent offspring. Baby koalas, or joeys, stay in their mother’s pouches for the first six to seven months of their lives, and are only weaned at around one year.

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This mom koala was hit by a car and suffered facial damage and a punctured lung

Her tiny 1 pound joey clung to his mother during the entire operation

The operation was performed in Australia Hospital founded by “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin

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The mom’s lung was repaired and she is expected to fully recover

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RoseanneJames
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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love Koalas & I really want to cuddle a baby koala one day...it's so sweet seeing this little guy clinging to his Mum & being allowed to carry on doing it during surgery. Thank God for vets & that someone cared enough to bring the injured Mum into the vets for help <3 <3 <3

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RoseanneJames
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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love Koalas & I really want to cuddle a baby koala one day...it's so sweet seeing this little guy clinging to his Mum & being allowed to carry on doing it during surgery. Thank God for vets & that someone cared enough to bring the injured Mum into the vets for help <3 <3 <3

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