Baby Koala Hugs Unconscious Mom During Life-Saving Surgery
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Baby Koala Hugs Unconscious Mom During Life-Saving Surgery

This 6-month-old joey named Phantom stayed by his mom’s side during life-saving surgical operation. Mother koala Lizzy was hit by a car on Warrego Highway in Australia, suffering facial trauma and a collapsed lung. The two koalas at the moment are recovering at Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, which was founded by Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin and his wife Terri.

Koalas are native to Australia and essentially eat eucalyptus leaves. They are social 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.

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This mother koala was hit by a car and suffered facial damage and a punctured lung

This mother koala was hit by a car and suffered facial damage and a punctured lung

Her tiny 1 pound joey clung to his mother during the entire operation

Her tiny 1 pound joey clung to his mother during the entire operation

The operation was performed in Australia Hospital founded by “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin

The operation was performed in Australia Hospital founded by “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin

Baby Koala Hugs Unconscious Mom During Life-Saving Surgery

The mom’s lung was repaired and she is expected to fully recover

The mom’s lung was repaired and she is expected to fully recover

The baby Koala that hugs her mother during life-saving operation

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