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Anvil the Koala   - 15th April 2012

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Anvil the Koala

Age: 4 years old Sex: Male

Found: On the ground at Pioneer Park in Tinana, near Maryborough, suffering from a suspected broken right hip.

Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by local koala rescuer Murray Chambers.

Veterinary Assessment: Dr Bec x-rayed Anvil and confirmed he had sustained a broken right hind leg. Further assessment revealed he was also suffering from conjunctivitis in his left eye.

Treatment: Dr Claude immobilized the fracture with a cast overnight and performed surgery the next day to repair the femur. Anvil was also administered pain relief and antibiotics to treat his conjunctivitis, and kept under close observation in Mammals ICU.

Future: Now recovered from the conjunctivitis, Anvil has recently moved to a leafy outdoor enclosure to regain his strength and mobility before his eventual release back into the wild.

AZWH Statistic: Over 150 koalas have already been admitted so far in 2012.



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