The Northern Star

No Christmas cheer for koalas

SEVEN koalas from across the Northern Rivers received help from Friends of the Koala over this festive season.

From Christmas Eve to Boxing Day, seven koalas were presented to Friends of the Koala volunteers, with all seven sadly diagnosed with diseases, including leukaemia.

A veterinarian from Lismore Veterinary Clinic, Richard Creed, said: “It is relatively rare for us to see a koala needing help due to trauma or injury.

“By far the majority are diseased, many with incurable conditions such as leukaemia, cancers, chronic Chlamydia infections, cystic ovarian disease and retrovirus.”

Mr Creed, along with other vets at the Lismore Veterinary Clinic, assesses and treats most of the koalas brought into care by Friends of the Koala.

Due to the complexity of the diseases, the koalas all require anaesthesia and testing to give an accurate diagnosis of their condition.

All female koalas require abdominal ultrasound scans. This work is performed free of charge by the vets as a service to the Northern Rivers community and its wildlife.

The costs involved in treating koalas in care are high. You can help Friends of the Koala by adopting a koala receiving treatment online at www.friendsofthekoala.org or by phone by calling 6622 1233.



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