The Koala Hospital has come to the rescue of another of our furry natives The Koala Hospital has come to the rescue of another of our furry natives
A KOALA took a dangerous trip across a busy road recently and was lucky to reach the other side.
On Tuesday night of last week, the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital was called to a rescue in Gordon Street opposite the Growers Market.
A young koala had gone for a stroll across four lanes of traffic and under a car.
Koala hospital volunteers said he came out the other side unscathed, probably because of his small size.
It then climbed to the top of the nearest telegraph pole and sat on the electric cables.
The would-be rescuers were unable to reach him as he was up too high and it would have been dangerous.
“We approached the Port Macquarie fire brigade for help and six firemen arrived 10 minutes later in a large fire truck,” said the koala hospital’s media coordinator, Helen Mears.
Using a ladder and poles, they brought the young male down safely so he could be assessed at the hospital.
The koala was named Gordon Firie and has since been released.
Ms Mears said this type of rescue will occur more often because it is the breeding season.
“Koalas will be moving around a lot more now, and we have already had koalas admitted because of dog attacks and motor vehicle accidents, some not surviving.”
Young males in particular will move around, so take care when driving. And lock up your dogs at night.
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