DJ the koala.
DJ the koala. Ben Beaden/AUSTRALIA ZOO

Aust Zoo Wildlife Hospital team helps DJ the koala

DJ the koala completed her final stage of rehabilitation at Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital after being struck by a car and has returned to life in the wild.

At the end of last year, DJ was rescued by a police officer and brought to the hospital, it was discovered she had broken both bones in her forearm and suffered from internal bleeding.

She was rushed into surgery to repair a lacerated liver.

DJ spent several weeks in the Wildlife Hospital's mammals Intensive Care Unit, where she received weekly splint changes and round-the-clock care.

After recovering from critical care, DJ began physiotherapy with the team.

This allowed ample time stretching her muscles and practising her climbing skills in the hospital's plantation area: a vast space filled with a various sizes of trees and branches for koalas that are near release to explore under veterinary observation.

DJ was a very calm natured koala despite the trauma she had suffered and quickly found a soft spot in the hearts of all those that helped her through treatment.

Every year about 600-800 koalas are admitted to Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital for injuries from car hits, domestic animal attacks and disease.

The severity of their injuries and the complexity of their diseases mean that patients such as DJ often require extensive medical treatment and months of care to be able to return to their life in the wild.

Spending almost six months in care at the Wildlife Hospital, DJ's story is testament to the dedication our Wildlife Warriors in saving native wildlife.

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