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The story of the miraculous rescue of a koala cub in Australia

The story of the miraculous rescue of a koala cub in Australia

In the collective imagination, Australia is associated with kangaroos and koalas (not forgetting tarantulas). Unfortunately, the latter is now considered “endangered” as the former proliferates dangerously.

In fact, according to the Scientific Committee on Threatened Species, the koala population has halved in 20 years, from 185,000 individuals in 2001 to 92,000 in 2021. In addition, their natural habitats have been destroyed by recent large fires. years.

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Animal centers, shelters, societies and zoos, therefore, have more of a mission than ever to protect species. The story of the Australian Reptile Park as reported by SIPA is entirely consistent with this objective.

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The mother koala fell ill

Last September, Elsa, a mother koala at the reptile park, fell ill and was unable to care for her baby Albert. The small marsupial then weighed 280 grams and had little chance of survival.

However, Albert agreed to trust the zoo's caretakers, especially Haley Schutt, who bottle-fed the little fur ball until it weighed 3 kilograms. He was able to discover the joy of consuming eucalyptus leaves, and above all, Albert discovered his mother, Elsa, who “recognized him instantly”.

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However, the young koala cannot immediately live in the same enclosure as its peers, and the transition from manual education to an enclosed life will require adaptation time. So it is necessary for Albert to step forward, but the animal is out of the woods.

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