Meet Maddie, a bushfire survivor!
Maddie was one of many koalas rescued by Wildcare Australia Inc. after the recent and devastating bushfires that swept through the Gold Coast hinterland area. Wildcare Australia In.c volunteers captured and transported Maddie to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital as she was suffering from stress, singed fur and burns to her footpads and nose.
Maddie was put under a general anaesthetic so the hospital staff could perform further health assessments and the initial clean and dressing of her burns and wounds. Suffering from burns and smoke inhalation, her ongoing intensive care treatment plan consisted of saline foot baths, receiving pain medication, antibiotics, IV fluids and being fed a nutrient rich paste.
After a month undergoing intensive care by the dedicated staff at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, Maddie is recovering well. Her fur is growing back, burns and wounds are healing well, her appetite has increased and her lungs are clear.
She will remain at the hospital while she continues her treatment and the road to recovery.
On behalf of the Vulnerable Species Management Team and the City, we would like to sincerely thank all the staff and volunteers at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital and Wildcare Australia Inc. for their tremendous efforts they apply to the rescue and rehabilitation of our native wildlife, including our precious koalas.
It is currently bushfire season on the Gold Coast so we urge all community members to prepare your home and family for the risk of bushfire. Click here to learn how.
Image 1: Burns to Maddie's feet. Credit Wildcare Australia Inc.
Image 2: The aftermath of the bushfire sweeping through koala habitat.