“It’s healing nicely,” says veterinarian Peter Hutchison, explaining the koala had already benefitted from a few days’ of treatment.
Not all rescued koalas have been so lucky. Many are found so badly injured that they need to be euthanized.
Steven Selwood, South Australia Veterinary Emergency Management team leader at the hospital, says around 46,000 koalas were thought to be on the island before this year’s bushfires.
It is estimated as few as 9,000 remain, Selwood says, describing the figure as “pretty devastating”.