Homebush NSW 02 9758 8666 250 Parramatta Rd Homebush, NSW, 2140 250 Parramatta Rd
Homebush, NSW, 2140

02 9758 8666

Baulkham Hills NSW 02 9639 7744 19 Old Northern Rd Baulkham Hills, NSW, 2153 19 Old Northern Rd
Baulkham Hills, NSW, 2153

02 9639 7744

Gosford NSW 02 4323 3886 U3, 401 Manns Rd West Gosford, NSW, 2250 U3, 401 Manns Rd
West Gosford, NSW, 2250

02 4323 3886

Canberra ACT 02 6280 6344 2 Yallourn St Fyshwick, ACT, 2609 2 Yallourn St
Fyshwick, ACT, 2609

02 6280 6344

Brisbane QLD 07 3172 0593 532 Seventeen Mile Rocks Rd Sinnamon Park, QLD, 4073 532 Seventeen Mile Rocks Rd
Sinnamon Park, QLD, 4073

07 3172 0593

Essendon VIC 03 9379 0700 72 Hargrave Ave Essendon Fields, VIC, 3041 72 Hargrave Ave
Essendon Fields, VIC, 3041

03 9379 0700

Point Cook VIC 03 8368 7400 6 Wallace Ave Point Cook, VIC, 3030 6 Wallace Ave
Point Cook, VIC, 3030

03 8368 7400

Saving 'Mac' The Koala From Starvation & Skin Disease

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Homebush NSW
250 Parramatta Rd
Homebush
NSW 2140

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02 9758 8666

Baulkham Hills NSW
19 Old Northern Rd
Baulkham Hills
NSW 2153

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02 9639 7744

Gosford NSW
U3, 401 Manns Rd
West Gosford
NSW 2250

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02 4323 3886

Canberra ACT
2 Yallourn St
Fyshwick
ACT 2609

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02 6280 6344

Brisbane QLD
532 Seventeen Mile Rocks Rd
Sinnamon Park
QLD 4073

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Essendon VIC
72 Hargrave Ave
Essendon Fields
VIC 3041

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Point Cook VIC
6 Wallace Ave
Point Cook
VIC 3030

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Dr Jayne Weller Mac the Koala

The population of koalas has been declining in NSW for years due to urban expansion, habitat loss, disease, vehicle strike and predation by dogs. It’s no wonder the Australian Federal Government listed these sleepy, native marsupials as ‘vulnerable species’.

A young male koala was nearly dead when he was discovered at the bottom of a tree at Minto last weekend. He was transported to Sydney’s Animal Referral Hospital where he is currently being treated and recovering slowly.

 ARH’s exotics veterinarian Dr Jayne Weller says the koala, who the hospital staff named ‘Mac’, arrived suffering from multiple problems.

“Mac was very cold, dehydrated and unresponsive,” she explains. “We provided the medical attention he needed to stabilise him and ran some tests which showed low blood sugar and Sarcoptic Mange, a painful and highly contagious skin condition (caused by the Sarcoptes scabiei mite) transmitted by dogs and foxes. With bushland areas backing up against suburban areas, it’s clear our rapid sprawl of city life is having an impact on the animals’ environment.”

Mac had mange on his feet, hands, face and arms. This would have made it painful to climb and hang on to branches and consequently affected his ability to eat a specific diet of eucalyptus leaves, causing him to become weaker and weaker from starvation, explains Dr Weller.

Mac’s size are around 13kgs – Mac weighed only 9kgs, she adds. After a couple of days of fluids and treatment at the ARH, Mac is finally able to lift up his head and show a bit of activity. He woke up briefly on Wednesday to find his arms wrapped around a large bouquet of eucalyptus leaves from his very own neighbourhood – hand-picked by Dr Weller on the way to work that morning.

“Caring for a koala is labour intensive. They need a variety of eucalyptus leaves. We’re confident Mac will continue to improve with the Animal Referral Hospital’s 24-hour care and soon be picking his own leaves! It takes me too long!” she laughs.

Dr Weller says koalas move around a lot at this time of year so it’s important to look out for them. She advises anyone who finds an injured koala to contact WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education) on 1300 094 737.

WIRES now has a free Rescue APP to get instant mobile access to wildlife advice and rescue assistance from WIRES Rescue Team 7 days a week. Visit www.wires.org.au for more information.

For more information about the federal government listing of koalas in NSW - click here.

 

Thanks to VETtalk TV for this video interview with Dr Jayne Weller.

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Media interviews:

Troy James, General Manager

Animal Referral Hospital

E. t.james@arhvets.com

M 0410 647 974/ W 02 9199 8983

 

Dr Jayne Weller, Exotics Veterinarian

Animal Referral Hospital

M 0404 273 013

 


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