Baby Koala Hugs Unconscious Mom During Lɪꜰᴇ-Sᴀᴠɪɴɢ Sᴜʀɢᴇʀʏ
Love comes in all shapes and sizes. Humans aren’t the only creature on earth who knows how to show affection and compassion to others. When a baby koala couldn’t let go of his mom during her Lɪꜰᴇ-Sᴀᴠɪɴɢ Sᴜʀɢᴇʀʏ, it was fortunately captured and shared with the whole world.
This joey named Phantom stayed by his mother’s side during Lɪꜰᴇ-Sᴀᴠɪɴɢ Sᴜʀɢᴇʀʏ. Mother koala Lizzy was ʜɪᴛ by a car on Warrego Highway in Australia, sᴜꜰꜰᴇʀɪɴɢ facial ᴛʀᴀᴜᴍᴀ and a ᴄᴏʟʟᴀᴘsᴇᴅ ʟᴜɴɢ. The two koalas are now recovering at Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, which was founded by Crocodile Hᴜɴᴛᴇʀ Steve Irwin and his wife Terri. As the ɪɴᴊᴜʀᴇᴅ Koala was taken to the hospital in the Australian Zoo, her baby couldn’t let go of her and started to scream each time they tried to remove him from her. The tiny Koala was just six months old, and they named him Phantom. As she underwent her Sᴜʀɢᴇʀʏ to fix her ᴄᴏʟʟᴀᴘsᴇᴅ ʟᴜɴɢ, her son was there, clinging on to her not letting go. Happily, Lizzy survived the Sᴜʀɢᴇʀʏ and was taken to rehabilitation at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital with her loving son by her side. Following the successful operation and her amazing caretakers, they both were moved to the outside koala wards at the hospital where they could enjoy the weather and even socialize with other koalas.
Koalas are native to Australia and primarily eat eucalyptus leaves. They are asocial animals, with bonding occurring only between mothers and their dependent offspring. Baby koalas, or joeys, stay in their mother’s pouches for the first six to seven months of their lives, and are only weaned at around one year. When the duo was finally ready to be released in the wild it was an emotional moment for all the caretakers. If you like this story, please share it with your friends and family!