Dr Harry, the third koala Friends of the Koala have had to euthenize in a week.
Dr Harry, the third koala Friends of the Koala have had to euthenize in a week.

Welfare group forced to put down three koalas

IT'S been a tough week for members of the Lismore based Friends of the Koala having to euthanize three of the animals they strive to protect.

Today eight year-old Dr Harry, a male koala that came into care on November 4 after suffering complications from Chlamydia, had to be euthanized at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary hospital after succumbing to the disease.

Friends of the Koala care coordinator Pat Barnidge said today was a very sad day for members of the group.

She said Dr Harry, who was found with bad conjunctivitis and Chlamydia on a Riverbank Rd property at Lismore, had captured member's hearts in just a few weeks.

"Unfortunately I took him up to Currumbin today and his prostate had abscessed due to the Chlamydia and we had to euthanize him."

"It's a very sad day today and it was heartbreaking for me because I had to make the decision to euthanize him."

Dr Harry could have undergone an operation followed by six months of rehabilitation but Mrs Barnidge said it was not guaranteed he would survive the operation or rehabilitation.

"He was in pain and so I thought the best thing to do was to follow the vet's advice and euthanize him."

Today's tragedy for the group comes only a day after two Koala's that were victims of a dog attack at Lindendale had to be put down.

"We had a dog attack yesterday mum and bub, mum was deceased and we had to euthanize the baby."

"We have to deal with the fact that koalas have to be put down all the time, but this week has been a particularly tough week."



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