19 November 2010
Frodo has undergone two series of surgery in an attempt to remove pellets from her body. Dr Amber Gillett was able to remove seven pellets from various parts of her body, one of which was located in the skull throughout the two surgeries.
On Friday 19 November, a media call was scheduled to discuss the condition of Frodo as Dr Amber was happy with her progress and felt she was healthy enough to face cameras.
"Frodo is a very alert little girl and has been moving around freely by herself, we have transferred Frodo into a larger enclosure within the Intensive Care Unit of the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. We are happy with her progress and will transfer her to an outside enclosure with other koala joeys," Dr Amber said.
Frodo still has a long way to go, sustaining these injuries as a 2kg koala makes the road to recovery tougher. The biggest worry at the moment is still the possibility that she may succumb to lead toxicity as some of those pellets are remaining in her intestinal tract.
"The lead pellets are still a concern, although at this stage there is no evidence that poisoning has occurred, it is still our highest priority and will continue to be monitored."
"I expect Frodo to remain in care for a minimum of six to eight months or until she has reached pre-release size of 4kg." Amber continued.
Due to overwhelming public concern, Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors have set up an Everyday Hero page for Frodo and others like her in care at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.
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