The bond between a mom and her baby is unbreakable. When a koala was hit by a car close to Brisbane, the staff at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital (AZWH) were relieved to see that its baby was unharmed. But the little joey wouldn’t let go of his mommy, even when she was on the operating table. Nothing could separate this adorable pair, and the vets had to deal with it.
Let’s see all the adorable photos and the happy koala mom making a full recovery and cuddling back her son!
20. Not Very Social
Even though koalas are asocial, they have a fierce bond with their offspring. The mother koalas keep their babies, or joeys, inside their pouches for the first six or seven months. This little joey was named Phantom and has conquered everyone’s hearts!
19. Australian Cuddly Bears
Australia might be known for its deadly animals, but it’s also known for its cutest marsupials. Unfortunately, these animals get to wander close to roads and get into accidents. You won’t believe how many injured koalas have the staff at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital treated.
18. Getting The Surgery
With no time to lose, the vets started to assess the mother’s health and her joey’s health too. None of them had any broken bones, but the mom had a collapsed lung and an injury to the face. The vets started the surgery and Phantom was there… You won’t believe what he did!
17. By Her Side
The vets didn’t want to separate Phantom from his mom, Lizzy. They thought it might stress the baby and also the mom when she will be awake and see she’s all alone. So, Phantom was there, cuddling his mom during the procedure.
16. Lizzy Was Going to Be Fine
Fortunately, Lizzy was put on antibiotics, and with Phantom by her side, the vets believed she would make a full recovery. Team member Alex Halford said that ‘Phantom still stays with Lizzy during her procedures and checkups.’
15. A Successful Surgery
‘Lizzy’s surgery was successful, and she’s now on antibiotics as we continue her treatment for a collapsed lung and face trauma. She’s recovering well in the care of our hospital staff,’ continued Alex Halford. Meanwhile, they also worked with many other animals…
14. The Emergency Room
Halford also explains that cases similar to Lizzy and Phantom happen a lot. They can get about 100 calls per day, and 70% of them are about victims of car collisions. And koalas are among the most victims, says Halford. Here’s why…
13. Koalas Getting in Trouble
When asked how many koalas get treated at the hospital, Halford said that ‘on average we take in 70 each month.’ In Lizzy’s case, her life was safe, and she was getting better every day. Meanwhile, Phantom had to be monitored too.
12. Gaining Weight
Phantom didn’t spend much time away from his mom. He had to be weighed regularly, so he was put into a makeshift pouch, and then he was returned to his mommy once again. This joey looks so adorable in his tiny knitted pouch! Wait until you see it!
11. Phantom Is Just a Baby
‘At just 6-months-old, it’s very important that he feels safe and protected while away from mum,’ explained the team. So, they did their best to make him feel cozy in his new awesome pouch and looking at his smiling face; we think he’s doing just fine! But what about Lizzy?
10. Lizzy Is Doing Well!
The vet nurse Jamie-Lynn Nevers updated everyone on the momma koala’s situation, saying that ‘Lizzy is in recovery and we’re happy to say she is going well.’
9. Cuddling Back
In a heartwarming photo on Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital’s Instagram page, the staff wrote: ‘Now it’s my turn for cuddles!’ […] Lizzy is recovering well after surgery and is now the one doing all the cuddling!’ We’re melting over the next photo!
8. Growing Stronger
Lizzy was doing great, and the staff at the hospital announced that ‘Phantom is putting on weight as well which is a great sign for the health of both mother and baby.’ They all knew what was going to happen next…
7. Going Home
When everyone was caring for Lizzy and Phantom, they also knew they would have to say goodbye when it comes to releasing them back to the wild. So, with tears in their eyes and happy to set them free, the zoo workers updated their fans…
6. The Great News
And the day came… the cuddly mom and son were ready to go back home: ‘Lizzy has now made a full recovery, and the pair has been successfully released near Ipswich, where they were originally found,’ wrote an Instagram update.
5. Support From All Over the World
The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital received many donations to help with treatment and surgery for Lizzy and many other animals in need. They said that they received ‘overwhelming support from people all over the world’ and that nothing would have been possible without their help.
4. Treating a Single Koala
For a koala’s treatment, the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital spends $1,500 to $5,000, depending on each case. They receive donations and share all the progress of their rescued and rehabilitated animals on their Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.
3. Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital
The Zoo belonged to the late wildlife conservationist and television personality Steve Irwin. With his wife Terri and their children, they built the hospital in 2004, in the memory of Steve’s mother. Fittingly, the bond of mother and son was shown by Phantom and Lizzy, over a decade later…
2. Keeping the Bond Alive
The hospital saved as many animals as it could, treating almost 60,000 native wildlife in 14 years. In Steve Irwin’s memory, the Zoo continues to share to the world the need of wildlife conservation and its beauty.
1. Keep The Wildlife Safe
The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital needs everyone’s support to keep the wildlife healthy and safe. Only this way we can continue seeing adorable pairs like Phantom and Lizzy, without seeing them in danger again.