Thursday, September 02, 2010

Raising orphan koalas

Raising baby marsupials is always a challenge, especially when they are very young like the little koala on the left. Constant feed and warmth are essential and it takes many long hours of care - including interrupted nights to achieve a good outcome.
You have to start with a dilute low lactose milk formula delivered into the mouth slowly by syringe or pipette every hour or so. Then build up the formula strength to the required level.
Here's a series of pictures which shows that you can have great results in a wildlife shelter.

How could anyone not think that this little fellow is cute?

And here, he's just about ready to get back into the wild!

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