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Australia Koala badly burnt in bushfire remains under care

12:00  25 november  2019
12:00  25 november  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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Image caption A badly burnt koala in care at a koala hospital in New South Wales. Koalas yelping for help, beehives caught in the path of danger, food The animals more likely to perish in bushfires . Koalas are typically slow-moving and their normal danger-avoidance strategy - curling into a ball atop

A koala in the Australian state of New South Wales was heading for disaster when a brave woman spotted him and plucked him a blazing bushfire . Lewis, as the marsupial has now been called, has suffered severe burns to his feet, chest and stomach. Although he might never be released back to

A badly-burnt koala rescued from a NSW bushfire whose plight captured global attention is continuing his recovery.

Toni Doherty was passing through the fire-hit area near Port Macquarie on the state's Mid North Coast last week when she spotted the koala and rescued him.

The animal – dubbed 'Lewis' after one of her grandchildren - was badly burned across his chest and stomach.

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Jeremy the koala bear was badly burned in the Southern Australia's Sampson Flat fire , but as Mara Montalbano (@maramontalbano) shows us he's received great care and is healing well.

A koala filmed crawling through the bushfires devastating Port Macquarie has been reunited with the woman who helped save his life. "His feet are completely burnt and he has burns to his chest and stomach. "He has been bandaged and given antibiotics but will take a lot of looking after, if he pulls

He was taken to the nearby Port Macquarie Koala Hospital where his burns were bandaged and he was given antibiotics.

a close up of a stuffed animal: Lewis the koala recovering in Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.© 9News Lewis the koala recovering in Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.

The hospital told 9News he is now receiving round-the-clock care by an experienced care volunteer and hospital staff.

His condition is "guarded", the hospital said.

There are burns to Lewis' hands, feet, arms and the inside of his legs.

A Facebook update said he is receiving "substantial pain relief".

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"It's early days yet for him, and with anyone who suffers burns human or animal, things can often get worse before they get better," the hospital said.

"Lewis at the moment is in the category of 'prognosis guarded' as in we are uncertain of his future. If we feel that his injuries and his pain are not treatable and tolerable, we will put him to sleep as this will be the kindest thing to do.

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“Many koalas perish in bushfires , while the lucky ones that survive are often badly injured and need intensive treatment by vets and dedicated wildlife “Injured koalas typically come into care with severe burns , especially on their paws, caused by contact with burning trees or from fleeing across fire

More than 110 fires are still burning in the worst -hit part of the country, the state of New South Wales. Read more: Australia's koalas threatened by deforestation and bushfires . Some national parks have been threatened by the bushfires sweeping through eastern Australia.

"At the Koala Hospital we do not keep koalas alive 'to save their lives' if this means pain and discomfort that is too much. We are all about animal welfare first and foremost.

Hero grandmother Toni Doherty reunites with Lewis, who she saved from the flames earlier this month.© 9News Hero grandmother Toni Doherty reunites with Lewis, who she saved from the flames earlier this month.

"This is why Ellenborough Lewis is not available for adoption at this point in time.

"We will do what is best for Lewis and all the other koala patients."

Lewis' plight made headlines across the world and focussed attention on the destruction of Australian forests and their native animals.

Thirty one koalas have been brought to the hospital from affected bushfire areas since last month.

a blue stuffed animal lying on the ground: An injured koala is treated at the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.© Supplied An injured koala is treated at the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.

Meanwhile, the hospital's fundraising campaign has raised more than $1.6 million – smashing its initial target of $25,000.

With the extra money raised, the original goal of extra drinking stations would be extended across new areas, the hospital said. It would also spend the excess funds to set up a wild koala breeding program.

At Microsoft News Australia we've partnered with the giving platform Benevity to raise funds for Australian Red Cross, St Vincent De Paul Society and The Salvation Army; these organisations are helping communities across the country devastated by bushfires. You can help these organisations by donating here and for the latest news and RFS links visit Bushfire emergency.

Koala mother Ainslee and her joey Rupert who won hearts around the world when they were found huddled together amid raging bushfires are set to be released back into the wild .
Mother koala Ainslee was found cradling her joey Rupert in out-of-control bushfires in Canungra in September.Mother koala Ainslee was found cradling her joey Rupert as out-of-control blazes destroyed their habitat in Canungra in September.

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